Candidate for Cork South Central 

Patricia holds a Masters in Nursing Education and a Bachelor of Law from University College Cork. Patricia is a self-employed Public Health Nursing Consultant with over thirty years international and national experience in clinical nursing and education.

Patricia joined the SocDems because she believes in honest politics, policies that are solution-focused and the long-term goals of the party.

Patricia is currently involved in several projects related to the development of public health nurse practice in child health, welfare and protection.  Patricia is passionate about professional accountability and the need for reform of our health services.

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5 days ago

Patricia O' Dwyer

Cork sees 20% increase in illegal parking in disabled spaces

The Social Democrats have obtained figures which show that the number of garda fines for motorists who park illegally in disabled parking spaces has increased by 20% in Cork in the past year.

Patricia O' Dwyer who is the Social Democrats’ candidate in Cork South Central is calling for a substantial increase in fines imposed on drivers who commit this offence.

O'Dwyer says

“Garda figures obtained by the co-leader of the Social Democrats, Catherine Murphy TD, show that the number of fixed charge notices for the offence of parking in a disabled parking bay increased from 342 in 2016 to 424 in 2017 in the Cork.

“While the increase in the number of fines being issued is a welcome sign of increased Garda vigilance, I firmly believe that further deterrents are needed and that Operation Enable should be enforced nationwide.

“I’m calling on the Minister of State with special responsibility for disabilities Finian McGrath and Transport Minister Shane Ross to substantially increase the fixed charge parking fine issued to drivers who illegally park in spaces designated for disabled drivers without a valid permit.

“While the current €150 fixed charge fine ensures that some people don’t misuse disabled parking spaces, it’s clearly not enough of a deterrent. An increase in the size of fines would deter able bodied motorists from illegally parking in spots designated for holders of EU disabled parking permits

“We need to root out this practice which causes real inconvenience for people who rely on disabled parking spots.”
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It's a bit more than an inconvenience. When perfectly healthy people park in disabled spaces, it prevents others less ablebodied from participating in life.

What about when people also with disability have to Park In Normal parking zones when they can get that also because they can't even get a disability parking zones .

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