Postponed: March to Dáil Eireann

February 26, 2020

Updated Monday, March 9, 2020

We are postponing our March to Dail Eireann. The event was due to take place this Wednesday, March 11.

We have decided to defer this action to a future date due to the uncertainty surrounding coronavirus (COVID-19). We’re disappointed but agree that, in the interest of public health, it is the right decision.

We would like to thank all those who planned to attend. We’d also like to thank everyone for their on-going support.

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In January, we released our Manifesto 2020. It outlined our four core demands for candidates. Now, as we wait for a new Government to form, we want to progress this work and maintain the political pressure.

On Wednesday 11 March we want you to join us in an accompanied walk from Fighting Blindness to Dáil Eireann. We will, as a unified group, deliver our Charter of Demands to elected representatives.

We will carry placards and hand out flyers. We will stop traffic and, hopefully, make the news. Our rallying cry will be “we can’t wait”. Why? Three of our four core demands relate to waiting and we’re also waiting on a new Government.

We need as many people as possible to attend. People living with sight loss, their families, their friends, their colleagues, their dogs – we have room for everyone. We also need a large number of sighted volunteers to act as guides.

We will meet at the Fighting Blindness office on Wednesday, 11 March from 1pm. We’ll start walking at 1.30pm. The route will take us along Hume Street, around St Stephen’s Green and down Kildare Street. We’ll arrive at Dáil Eireann around 1.50pm for a short rally. It will finish at 2.30pm.

We’re asking all our members, friends and supporters to attend and recruit others, especially those living with sight loss. We need your help to make this a resounding success.

If you are able to attend, please let us know by calling the office on 01 678 9004 or emailing advocacy@fightingblindness.ie.

See you on March 11.