Galway Disability Forum

The Galway Disability Forum is a newly formed group which was established in response to the feedback received when the Galway County Public Participation Network[1] organised a Make Way Day event in September 2020 in conjunction with the Disability Federation of Ireland. At the event, Minister of State with responsibility for Disability, Anne Rabbitte, T.D., addressed this group and presented at its subsequent inaugural meeting, the launch of the Galway Disability Forum, in October 2020.

Individuals with disabilities, carers, family members of persons with disabilities and those providing services for persons with disabilities constitute the Galway Disability Forum. The aim of the Forum is to improve the lives of persons with disabilities residing in County Galway by driving real change on those issues of common interest and concern which have arisen in discussion and debate at our regularly attended meetings. The Forum seeks to plan and coordinate actions that actively addresses these same issues of interest and concern.

[1] The Galway County Public Participation Network is a network of over 960 community and voluntary groups in County Galway. Since the Local Government Reform Act of 2014, PPNs have been established to ensure that the voice of the community is heard in local policy making. Each Local Authority must engage with its PPN as the primary means with which to support, communicate and consult with community groups.

Work of the Forum

Submission of the Galway Disability Forum to the Join Committee of the Oireachtas on Disability Matters May 9th November 2020

Survey: Improving participation in community life for People with Disabilities.

Galway County Council, in partnership with Galway County PPN and its Disability Forum, invites People with Disabilities to take part in a survey to identify the primary issues and priorities for improving their participation in community life. 

Take the survey:

Survey closes on 22nd April 2022

Make Way Day 2022 in Portumna. The Galway Disability Forum were joined by Councillors Ivan Canning and Jimmy McClearn and by Lisa Fewick from DFI, as well as a group of activitest from St Dympna’s Day Service in Portumna.






  • Galway Disability Forum mark May Way Day 2022 and run awareness campaign on the Misuse of Disabled Parking Spaces. Read more here.
  • RSA issue new fines for Misuse of Disabled Parking Spaces. Read more here

Services Available for Children and Teenagers with Disabilities

An Information Booklet for Children and Teenagers with Disabilities and their Families


No Events

All Events