February 4, 2023

Major public meeting to tackle health reform will take place in Kilkenny next week

A PUBLIC meeting in the city next week will hear plans to make Kilkenny a national leader in providing disability facilities while discussing new ways of tackling health reform.

The meeting, which will take place at the Clubhouse Hotel on Wednesday, April 24, will feature an impressive line-up of panellists who are involved in various local and national health campaigns.

Speakers will include Carol Cantwell from the Spinraza Now Campaign, Linda Comerford from Still Waiting Ireland and Judy Kearney from the John Needs Pembro Campaign.

They will be joined by People Before Profit TD Gino Kenny and People Before Profit Kilkenny city election candidate Stephanie Hanlon.

Ms Hanlon, who recently wrote a moving account of own experience of living with severe epilepsy on KilkennyNow.ie, will talk about the need for greater disability representation in politics.

Ms Hanlon said: “I am really looking forward to the meeting on Wednesday. Disability and health are key issues that affect everyone, whether it is a relative or their own personal experience. This is a chance to hear the experiences of so many passionate health campaigners in Kilkenny and what they have been fighting tirelessly for. We shouldn’t have to fight this hard for essential healthcare.

She added: “A key part of my election campaign is on making Kilkenny a leader in disability accessibility and inclusivity, and there are many lessons we can learn from each other moving forward.”

The meeting will take place at 7.30pm on Wednesday, April 24, at the Clubhouse Hotel. All members of the public are welcome to attend.

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