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Seanad Éireann Private Members Business - Wednesday 17 July 2013

That Seanad Eireann:

- Notes the commitment of the Government in the Programme for Government to ensure that the quality of life for people with disabilities is enhanced;

- Notes in particular that Ireland has the highest participation rate of any country in the world in terms of Special Olympics Ireland, with around one-third of persons with an intellectual disability participating each year;

- Notes that Special Olympics Ireland, a professionally run organisation with a strong volunteer network, has 400 community clubs across Ireland which offer training and competition in 15 Olympic type sports for those with an intellectual disability; and that the organisation operates a wide range of programmes which promote the development of the individual, by integrating them into local communities and giving them opportunities for personal development and achievement;

- Notes that in 2003, Ireland hosted the most successful World Summer Games in Special Olympics history; and that on a weekly basis, Special Olympics Ireland offers a year-round programme of sport and training facilities to over 11,000 individuals throughout Ireland;

- Commends the Government and Minister Kathleen Lynch for their support for Special Olympics Ireland, and for their work in seeking to ensure enhanced quality of life generally for persons with disabilities, and in particular for adults and children with intellectual disabilities.

Senators Mary Moran, Ivana Bacik, John Gilroy, Jimmy Harte, Aideen Hayden, Lorraine Higgins, John Kelly, Denis Landy, Marie Moloney, Susan O’Keeffe, John Whelan.