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Wheelchair accessible swing comes to Laois playground after years of campaigning

Wheelchair Swing Portlaoise Leisure Centre

After years of campaigning, a Laois playground has finally had its wheelchair accessible swing installed.

Portlaoise Leisure Centre is having huge work carried out on it at present in advance of its reopening which is due to happen today.

As part of that, upgrade works have been carried out on the playground that is located outside of it.

Laois County Councillor Noel Tuohy has requested that a wheelchair accessible swing be installed for many years.

The wheelchair platform and swing frame enables wheelchair users to experience both the joy and the physical benefits of swinging.

This sturdily constructed swing frame and wheelchair platform ensures children with limited mobility are not excluded from enjoying all aspects of swinging.

Labour Councillor Tuohy said that he is delighted to see this finally in place.

He said: “It’s a number of years since I had a Motion passed re the provision of a wheelchair accessible swing in Portlaoise Leisure centre playground.

“It has taken repeat discussions and I’m delighted to say we now have this in place and also some other pieces of new equipment.

“This is a positive action to promote accessibility and make these facilities inclusive for all.”

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Stradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.