Future president of Ireland looks at what it is like to be wheelchair bound in the city.
In 1979 Mary McAleese joined RTÉ Television as a presenter on the 'Today Tonight' programme. The following year she reported on being disabled in Dublin, at the time one of the most inaccessible cities for people in wheelchairs.
In this report Mary McAleese travels around Dublin in a wheelchair and demonstrates how inaccessible many public buildings such as the GPO, the National Library of Ireland, the National Museum of Ireland, the National Gallery and cinemas are.
There is just no way a wheelchair can get up these steps.... It does take help.
Before joining RTÉ Mary McAleese held the position as Reid Professor of Criminal Law, Criminology and Penology in Trinity College, a position which was also held by Mary Robinson. She also held the position as Director of the Institute of Professional Legal Studies at Queen's University, Belfast. Mary McAleese went on to serve two terms as President of Ireland from 1997 to 2011.
This episode of 'Today Tonight' was broadcast on 16 October 1980.