Members Trish McNamara and Padraic Hayes were attending the European Network for Independent Living (ENIL)’s “Freedom Drive”
Grace O’Sullivan, MEP for Ireland South this week welcomed members of Clare Leader Forum to the European Parliament, as part of their participation in the international “Freedom Drive” protest. The Clare Leader Forum is an independent group of people with disabilities who are working to provide a voice on disability issues in Clare. Supported by the Center for Independent Living (CIL), they prioritise issues for action at local and county level and work together to ensure these are addressed, while also feeding into the national disability agenda. The Freedom Drive also served as an opportunity for disability activists to network, share experiences and skills, and to highlight their goals on the European level with politicians and stakeholders directly.
Trish McNamara and Padraic Hayes were partly sponsored by MEP O’Sullivan to attend the event, and will bring back their experiences and new skills to the work of the Clare Leader Forum in the months ahead.