IT’S been nearly four years since Limerickman Brian Hogan was forced to leave his job after he was left blind and partially paralysed following an unprovoked attack in the UK.
But thanks to a new initiative, Brian took his first steps back to the work-place on national Job Shadow Day - with the help of RTÉ presenter Derek Mooney.
After a day in RTE witnessing constant changes to the day’s schedule with breaking news, Brian told his sister Nevis after the show: “I’ll never take listening to radio for granted again.”
“He just loved it. The day was a great success. It was really relaxed and stress-free,” she told the Leader.
Brian, who is now writing a book about his journey with the help of a ghost-writer, has been invited back to be interviewed on the show, and also received tickets to The Late Late show this month.
Job Shadow Day, organised by the Irish Association for Supported Employment, saw hundreds of people with disabilities throughout Ireland take the opportunity to shadow a workplace mentor as they went through a normal working day.
A number of high profile people took part in the day including Taoiseach Enda Kenny, Minister Joan Burton, Kildare senior football manager Kieran McGeeney, presenter and journalist Brendan O’Connor, and Senator David Norris.
Now in its sixth year, IASE chairperson Teresa Mallon said with so many private and public businesses taking part, the day sent “out a really clear message that they want an inclusive society where everyone has the right to work, to express their ability and to contribute and take part fully in Irish society.”
In Limerick, Bruff garda station and the Department of Social Protection offices in Raheen and Mungret Street opened their doors to clients of the Daughters of Charity for the day.
Bruff gardai welcomed Barry Gilligan, Brian McNamara, Fergal McDermott and Jimmy Murphy into their offices, where they donned the official garda uniform for a time.