Joanne Montgomery
Joanne Montgomery

I hope this lady finally got her passport back with an apology from the Irish government! What idiots.

Kathleen O'Donnell
Kathleen O'Donnell

I' m sorry I didn't see this earlier or I would have signed Pauline's petition. I truly hope that she gets her new passport. It is a travesty to treat her this way.

Ellen Whitney
Ellen Whitney

GOD'S grace is sovereign! HE loves YOU! Keep praying and believing and know HIS will shall be done in spite of! May GOD bless you always and in ALL ways!

Liam Xconboy
Liam Xconboy
  • Ellen Whitney

Lovely comment Ellen... thank you and I agree... little bureaucrats don't have nearly the power they like to think they have.... just as well too as they can't be trusted to do the right thing as they have displayed... not only in this case... but time and time again!

Anna King
Anna King

Disgraceful

Paul Friel
Paul Friel

People with disabilities should not be refused access on any form of transport public or otherwise, as they are human beings that have the same rights to be treated with courtesy, dignity and respect as you or I. Just because someone many looks different to you or anyone else does not give anybody the right to discriminate, and bearing in mind they are a paying customer too, are entitled to a high standard of service, and a safe journey without incident. I have met a number of people over...

People with disabilities should not be refused access on any form of transport public or otherwise, as they are human beings that have the same rights to be treated with courtesy, dignity and respect as you or I. Just because someone many looks different to you or anyone else does not give anybody the right to discriminate, and bearing in mind they are a paying customer too, are entitled to a high standard of service, and a safe journey without incident. I have met a number of people over the years with Downs Syndrome, and I would never treat them with nothing less than 100%, courtesy, dignity, respect, and good manners!, as I would like to be treated myself.

Marlene LaCombe
Marlene LaCombe
  • Paul Friel

Well said Paul! <3

Cici Coen de Peck
Cici Coen de Peck
  • Paul Friel

I have a sister and a son with Down syndrome, both travel internationally between Africa, Europe and the USA freely, without discrimination and are most often the best behaved, most enjoyable passengers on the flight. If my Sister and Son could not travel, my family would be divided too, family holidays, reunions, weddings, and events would be entirely incomplete. They are essential members of our family and have to be with us just as my parents and my brother and my uncles and cousins do....

I have a sister and a son with Down syndrome, both travel internationally between Africa, Europe and the USA freely, without discrimination and are most often the best behaved, most enjoyable passengers on the flight. If my Sister and Son could not travel, my family would be divided too, family holidays, reunions, weddings, and events would be entirely incomplete. They are essential members of our family and have to be with us just as my parents and my brother and my uncles and cousins do. No-one external to the family has the right to decide they cannot travel or be with their family, that is abusive. If the family takes responsibility for their expenses and care along the way...who in the world is to complain or restrain. My son is extremely independent as are many people with down syndrome. Travel and family time enables and enriches everyone's lives, we should promote it.

Margret Wrennstad
Margret Wrennstad
  • Paul Friel

The discrimination against dissableds are getting much worse :-(

Brandon McCullar
Brandon McCullar
  • Paul Friel

It still blows my mind how the world is these days. Its 2013 for crying out loud. We are all Gods children and discrimination between us is uncalled for. I wish the world could grow up and stop acting like a group of mis-behaved 5 year olds

Melissa Miller
Melissa Miller
  • Paul Friel

brandon i\\\

Steve Rocker
Steve Rocker
  • Paul Friel

To True weel Said

Lloyd Duff
Lloyd Duff
  • Paul Friel

I agree I have Austim and Im very indepedant yet I traveled to the UK and was allowed in so denying her that right is immoral and downright wrong.

Maryann Callanan
Maryann Callanan

If, this is true, she needs to get it out in the news in Ireland. She needs to seek a lawyer who deals with discrimination and also the disabilities commission. She can ask for one who will do it pro bono. Get in on the news in Ireland.

Helen Harrelson
Helen Harrelson
  • Maryann Callanan

and get it on all the local news channels in the states also

Katherine Southard Reece
Katherine Southard Reece
  • Maryann Callanan

International pressure does help...

Tobias Baltus
Tobias Baltus
  • Maryann Callanan

That's right! But why didn#t she do it? This whole story sounds strange and unplausible!

Gee Pucc
Gee Pucc
  • Maryann Callanan

FOX NEWS MIGHT GET IT OUT THERE!!!

Jeff Wright
Jeff Wright
  • Maryann Callanan

Me has contact several people in Ireland about this as well as forwarded the story to CNN

Elaine Williams
Elaine Williams
  • Maryann Callanan

this is not right Pauline you are in my prayers and thoughts, I hope that you get your passport back very soon.

Matthew Phillips
Matthew Phillips

This is a case of misunderstanding the law. The Irish Passports Act 2008 actually says "An application for the issue of a passport to a person who is suffering from a physical or mental incapacity may be made on his or her behalf by a person duly authorised to act on his or her behalf."

Not that the person may duly authorise someone to act on their behalf; only a recognised government body can do so. Otherwise, what might stop someone who is not capable of rational decisions from being abducted?

Liam Xconboy
Liam Xconboy
  • Matthew Phillips

Hi Matthew... thank you for your comment. You provide an interesting addition to the Passports Act 2008 that the legislators did not chose to include, when you create your own provision that "only a recognised government body can do so" in reference to "duly authorise" a person to make an application on behalf of a person with a disability. I think there is a very good reason why the legislators chose not to include your provision and that is because it would totally defeat the purpose of...

Hi Matthew... thank you for your comment. You provide an interesting addition to the Passports Act 2008 that the legislators did not chose to include, when you create your own provision that "only a recognised government body can do so" in reference to "duly authorise" a person to make an application on behalf of a person with a disability. I think there is a very good reason why the legislators chose not to include your provision and that is because it would totally defeat the purpose of making ANY provision for persons with disability. All persons born in Ireland have a legal right to an Irish passport and there are only certain very limited circumstances in which an Irish born person can be denied a passport or have their passport cancelled. One such reason would be a person charged with a serious crime where revocation of their passport was a condition of bail. There are a few others but they are rare circumstances and obviously none that apply to Pauline or any other law abiding person with or without disability. Therefore all Irish born persons have the legal right and thus the legal authority to apply for and hold an Irish passport. The specific provision for person's with disability is to allow them to delegate their authority by authorizing someone to make the application on their behalf. Your provision would discriminate against persons with disability and take away their legal right and authority to delegate another to act on their behalf. Thankfully the problem in this case is not the law but rather a failure to interpret it with logical thought processes. Likewise a conclusion that just because a person has a disability, they are "not capable of rational decisions" could only come about due to a lack of logical thought processes because there is zero evidence for such a generalized conclusion. As for what might stop people from being abducted... I don't think a person with disability is any more likely to be abducted than anyone else. Abductions are carried out by criminals, usually by force, and I doubt a criminal is very likely to check if their victim has a passport or not, before going ahead with their crime. Indeed if a passport was needed to complete their criminal plans, they could presumably get one on the "passport black market" that an earlier poster referred to. Thank you for taking an interest in Pauline's case, and hopefully I have helped you get a clearer understanding of the meaning of the provision for persons with disability in the Irish Passports Act 2008.

Josie Mitchell
Josie Mitchell

This is disgusting all people have human rights their disabilities should not make a difference I hope she gets her right to travel , the government should be ashamed of themselves

Bob Chain
Bob Chain

My late Sister-in Law had Downes and in her blessed memory I've sign and asked 50 friends to help.

Mary Kowalski Prisco
Mary Kowalski Prisco
  • Bob Chain

Signed

Tracey Coleman
Tracey Coleman

Does anyone know if Pauline got her passport back yet?

Kirsten Conboy
Kirsten Conboy
  • Tracey Coleman

She has not yet but this petition has gotten the story out there and it is being noticed. Thank You!

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