Joy as Limerick pensioner gets disabled parking spot

Nick Rabbitts

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Nick Rabbitts

Mary Ann Ryan on her parking spot with her carer Joan Ryan and local councillor Frankie Daly
A NORTHSIDE lady had her prayers answered after the council agreed to install a disabled parking bay outside her home.

A NORTHSIDE lady had her prayers answered after the council agreed to install a disabled parking bay outside her home.

For many years, Mary-Ann Ryan, who is deaf and a wheelchair user, struggled to leave her house with cars parked bumper-to-bumper outside her home at Hennessy Avenue, Kileely.

The problem was most pronounced on Munster match days taking place at the nearby Thomond Park when her daughter Jackie could not access the home to pick her up.

But after lobbying from northside Labour councillor Frankie Daly, the council painted disabled markings outside their home last week.

Another of Mary-Ann’s children Joan, who acts as her carer, says the new designation allows them a huge amount of freedom.

“We could not leave the house. When the matches were on, cars were parked right outside our gate. Five years ago, my father died of leukaemia. A few years before this, he had meningitis, and we could not get him outside the gate if an ambulance came. The stretcher would have had to be lifted over cars to get him into the ambulance in the middle of the road,” she recalled.

Speaking through Joan, Mary-Ann said it is “fantastic” to have the wheelchair bay outside.

“It makes such a difference,” she smiled.

Cllr Daly said: “To you or I, this might seem like a small thing. But it is all about making life as easy as possible.”

The local councillor said although he has had to campaign for six months to get this, he is glad he kept up the fight.

“If you stick at something and persevere, you get there in the end. Mrs Ryan is one of the most respected ladies in the Kileely area, and I was delighted to support her any way I could,” he concluded.