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a new national voice for Clare


An Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD took time out of his busy schedule to launch my new website in Leinster House on May 29th last. The new website has been developed over the last number of months and will provide a worthwhile channel of communication between those interested in the public issues that concern me, the constituents of Clare and myself. I hope it will inform you of my work both at a local level and within the Oireachtas.

The website is built according to best practice and we are happy to have embraced both accessibility and usability guidelines as well as ensuring that the build follows the principles of responsive design. This means that the website will display well on a range of devices including laptops, iPads and smartphones. In a world which is becoming increasingly mobile, with people accessing the Internet in many different environments, it is important to ensure that public service websites are adapting to the end users’ needs. The website will be continually updated and further developed so we welcome your feedback. Thank you to Fluidedge, a Clare and Dublin based website development and consultancy firm for the dedication and experience they have brought to this project.


Many thanks to those of you who emailed and wrote to me following my one to one profile interview on The Late Late Show. I really appreciate all of the good wishes and kind comments. It was a most enjoyable experience. I received a number of enquiries from people who did not see it so I put a link to the interview on my website for anybody who would like to watch it.

You can always contact me on: 065 7072222, 087 2612977, locall 1890 337 889 or email mar

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I am very hopeful that we are about to see meaningful immigration reform in the US.

These plans, put forward by a bipartisan group of US Senators, would help lay the foundation for citizenship for more than 11 million illegal immigrants in the US. I am delighted that this proposal has been agreed, and I hope that this plan will result in the long overdue reform of immigration law which will give thousands of undocumented Irish in the US the opportunity to apply for US citizenship. For those Irish immigrants in the US who live in the shadows, afraid to return home to Ireland, this plan offers hope that they will not only have certainty in the future, but that they will also be able to return home to Ireland to visit their families. The illegal status of so many undocumented Irish is a great hardship on the individuals involved, and their families who have been deprived of their loved one for so long. Having personally marched in solidarity at a rally for the undocumented Irish in Washington in 2007, I know how much this proposed reform would benefit and enhance the day to day lives of immigrants and their families. It was a tremendous pity that the Kennedy McCain Bill, which was proposed in 2007, did not become law. Hopefully this new plan will herald a new dawn for the Irish immigrants in the US. I eagerly anticipate further developments in the progress of this long awaited reform.

RECENT VISIT TO CROKE PARK I was very happy to pay a visit to Croke Park recently for discussions with members of the GAA integration and inclusion committee in the vital work they are doing on facilitating people with disabilities and other minority groups to play a greater role in Gaelic Games. The meeting was both constructive and informative and I have invited the committee to come to Leinster House Meeting members of the GAA Inclusion & Integration Committee in Croke Park to present the work they are doing to my Oireachtas colleagues. It is fantastic to see that the GAA is treating the inclusion of minority groups with the importance it deserves.

DARKNESS INTO LIGHT WALK Over 2000 Clare people took part in the Pieta House Darkness into Light walk on Saturday 11th May last. The walk began at 4am and finished just as dawn was breaking. It is the flagship annual fundraiser for Pieta House which does hugely valuable work in the area of mental health and suicide prevention. This year was the third successive darkness into light walk and it was the most successful to date. I was delighted to accompany a couple of my very close friends on the walk and I would encourage as many people as possible to sign up for it next year. Martin Conway and Eimear Nagle

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2013 WAM RECOGNITION AWARDS Recently I attended Citibank for the presentation of the 2013 WAM awards to companies who participate in a work placement programme for graduates with disabilities. The Willing Able Mentor work placement scheme is designed to secure paid internships for graduates with disabilities in areas such as banking, accountancy, legal services and management consultancy. Dell is the most prominent participating company in the mid west region. I was delighted to be asked to jointly present awards to the participating companies in the scheme together with my friend and colleague Sen. David Norris.

NATIONAL JOB SHADOW DAY National Job Shadow day is an extremely positive awareness raising initiative organised by the National Supported Employment Association which brings employers and job seekers together to express their support and commitment for equal employment opportunities for people with disabilities,. The day involves a job seeker with a disability shadowing a person in their workplace as he or she goes through their normal working day. I was delighted this year to be in a position to participate and welcome one such job seeker to Leinster House to shadow me for a day.

Martin Conway & Padhraic Dormer

I hope in future years to see much more participation in this important day by people in all walks of life both public and private.

CARA CENTRE TRAVEL FROM TRALEE TO LEINSTER HOUSE I was delighted to welcome the team from the CARA Adapted Physical Activity Centre based in IT Tralee to Leinster House recently. The team, which was led by Ruan, Co. Clare native, Niamh Daffy, spoke to members of the Oireachtas about their ground breaking work in the area of access to sport for people with disabilities. Access to fitness and sport is critical for the health of all citizens and I am very impressed with what is Minister Deenihan, Catherine Carty & Martin Conway being achieved by the CARA centre. I have been to Tralee and participated in events organised by the institute a couple of times. Last December, the centre was awarded a UNESCO Chair in inclusive PE, in recognition of the achievements of the centre in formulating international policy in this area of accessibility to sport.

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MARTIN CONWAY WELCOMES DAVID BLUNKETT MP TO LEINSTER HOUSE On Thursday 23rd May a very special guest called to see me in Leinster House. Mr. David Blunkett MP is a politician who achieved great political success in the UK and is an inspirational figure worldwide for people with disabilities. I issued the invitation to David which I was truly delighted he accepted. I was also delighted that David chose to support and participate in the National Disability Authority conference on Participation in Public and Political Life by People with Disabilities which took place the day after his visit. Both David and I shared our experiences and the challenges we faced in getting elected. The day was both inspiring and informative and hopefully it will create an environment whereby the participation of persons with disabilities will become part of the political agenda. David Blunkett is the Member of Parliament (MP) for Sheffield Brightside and Hillsborough and previously held the positions of Education and Employment Secretary, Home Secretary and Work and Pensions Secretary. In the course of our meeting we discussed the David Blunkett MP, Martin Conway & Breege Hannify challenges for persons with disabilities in accessing political life. We also reflected on our shared experiences of participating in public life as persons with vision impairments. David Blunkett MP regaled his life experience to me as a politician who has reached the zenith of politics in the United Kingdom. Mr Blunkett and I have a broadly similar view of what is required to ensure persons with disabilities live independently and play a full and active role in society. In particular we share the view that the opinions of people with disabilities must be clearly heard by Government when developing any policy or services that impact on their lives.


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Senator Martin Conway- Summer Newsletter  
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