A survey by the Irish Wheelchair Association has found that the majority of its members face difficulties navigating pavements, parking and pedestrian crossings.

The majority, 77% of 1,000 people with physical disabilities, said there was poor or no access to public spaces.

Of those who were surveyed, 68% said toilets, lifts, emergency exits and parking machines in public spaces were inadequate.

Over 66% reported difficulties in accessing public buildings, including healthcare, retail and leisure facilities.

When it came to parking, 63% noted poor or no accessible public parking, while 73% said they faced steps to the main entrances of public buildings. 

The survey marks the 60th anniversary of the Irish Wheelchair Association, which was founded by eight people who were wheelchair users.

The IWA says access to buildings and infrastructure has remained one of the biggest issues facing people with physical disabilities. 

It has called for regulations to be reviewed to include wheelchair accessibility into housing design in Ireland.

Director of Property, Housing and Access at Irish Wheelchair Association, Tony Cunningham, said: "Our Access Guidelines are a key to unlocking housing, public spaces and buildings for people with physical disabilities.

"We are urging those involved in planning, building and design to adopt them, so that all people with disabilities can live the life they choose."

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