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 Lundgaard

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 Lundgaard

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

Katherine Southard Reece
Katherine Southard Reece
  • Maryann Callanan Lundgaard

International pressure does help...

Tobias Baltus
Tobias Baltus
  • Maryann Callanan Lundgaard

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

Gee Pucc
Gee Pucc
  • Maryann Callanan Lundgaard

FOX NEWS MIGHT GET IT OUT THERE!!!

Jeff Wright
Jeff Wright
  • Maryann Callanan Lundgaard

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

Elaine Williams
Elaine Williams
  • Maryann Callanan Lundgaard

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

Loraine Matthews
Loraine Matthews

Outrageous!

Jan Molyneux
Jan Molyneux
  • Loraine Matthews

awful

Karen Simpson
Karen Simpson

This is a disgrace, she needs her family now who are in FL, who went tho Ireland to have her come back with them, she has a right to travel for God' s sake!

Helen Cooper
Helen Cooper
  • Karen Simpson

I signed the petition and sent it to 10 of my friends in hopes they do the same. Thanks for sharing it with me!

Nicola Monaghan
Nicola Monaghan

this is disgusting, I hope this petition helps x.

Danny Bairdmoves
Danny Bairdmoves

Wow the mind boggles! Why do those in power find it so hard to admit they've made a mistake. As I'm sure it is. If its not a mistake then it's completely inhuman discrimination against a disabled woman who has the same rights (including to travel) as anybody else. The people who have caused all this mess and distress should take a long hard look in the mirror....

Liam Conboy
Liam Conboy
  • Danny Bairdmoves

Hi Daniel... it seems to me also that the problem now is one of just an inability to admit they made a mistake. When the mistake was pointed out to them over a year ago, it was a simple matter to have corrected it and that would have been the end of it. But they didn't or wouldn't correct it and instead tried to cover it up and at every step went on to make the situation worse and worse until it came to this point. Anyone can make a mistake.. and that's okay... but the repeated failure to...

Hi Daniel... it seems to me also that the problem now is one of just an inability to admit they made a mistake. When the mistake was pointed out to them over a year ago, it was a simple matter to have corrected it and that would have been the end of it. But they didn't or wouldn't correct it and instead tried to cover it up and at every step went on to make the situation worse and worse until it came to this point. Anyone can make a mistake.. and that's okay... but the repeated failure to correct a mistake when it is brought to their attention is not.

Danny Bairdmoves
Danny Bairdmoves
  • Danny Bairdmoves

It's sad it's affected Pauline so much when they simply needed to apologise to her and correct the mistake swiftly. Isn't that what kids are taught?

Nia Jenkins
Nia Jenkins

This is awful but petitions don't solve anything usually.
I don't know why your first call would be to a solicitor, not a petition?
I'm disabled myself and if this happened to me, I'd get the law involved.

Frederick Sidney Cook
Frederick Sidney Cook
  • Nia Jenkins

Very true Nia , but you are a highly motivated emancepated Welsh Girl.

Nia Jenkins
Nia Jenkins
  • Nia Jenkins

Thank you :)
I suppose there are people who are never told they are equal. So many people thinking they have superiority over others means the people who are often in need of help are the ones who are told they don't deserve it.

Kirsten Conboy
Kirsten Conboy
  • Nia Jenkins

The petition was not the first step. This was the last resort as all other options have been exhausted over the past year back and forth with various government bodies, solicitors etc all not willing to admit that a HUGE mistake has been made by the passport office.

Kirsten Conboy
Kirsten Conboy

Update: Pauline's Facebook page has been disabled (someone against her must have reported it). She can only get it back up with a copy of a government issued ID like a passport. She has been denied her passport. What kind of cruel, evil people would try to stand in the way of her getting what she wants? Only the most vile, rotten to the core kind of person would do such a thing. This petition however proves there is a much larger group of good hearted people on her side.

Mary Loy
Mary Loy
  • Kirsten Conboy

Hi Kirsten. Please can you say why this story has not made the Newspapers TV Radio news etc here in ireland. I have sent email to passport office but I cannot understand why you and your family have not made this story more puplic.

Liam Conboy
Liam Conboy
  • Kirsten Conboy

Hi Mary.. the newspapers are going to carry this story but it takes time because they have to have their legal departments check through all the correspondence to make sure they are reporting accurately.. and I agree it is important to make sure the issues are truthfully reported so that something like this can never happen in Ireland or anywhere else again. Thanks so much for your support!

Elizabeth Flood
Elizabeth Flood
  • Kirsten Conboy

maybe someone might have something against her family and dont want her to live with them

Corey Dobbs
Corey Dobbs

You do realise a petition won't solve anything right? Also this is clearly bullshit.

Richard Seamon
Richard Seamon
  • Corey Dobbs

Is it? When you say things like this you need to explain why otherwise you just look, oh I don't know, somebody think of a word...

Corey Dobbs
Corey Dobbs
  • Corey Dobbs

Because i said so and I'm always right I'm the princess i make the rules.

Kirsten Conboy
Kirsten Conboy
  • Corey Dobbs

Corey, we have tried everything else so we figured trying to get some people on our side would be a good thing. Also, no bullshit here it's 100% real. Thanks :)

Kirsten Conboy
Kirsten Conboy

HUGE thanks to everyone who has helped Pauline have a voice. Her story is finally being heard and we are hoping it will correct this giant wrong.

GinaMarie Colantuoni
GinaMarie Colantuoni
  • Kirsten Conboy

wow! over 50k! amazing! I hope she is in florida soon enough.

Kirsten Conboy
Kirsten Conboy
  • Kirsten Conboy

Us too, this really did help and hopefully no one will ever have to go through something like this again.

Helena Peters
Helena Peters
  • Kirsten Conboy

appeal to UK home office. the information comisioner office. the prime minister. point out the breaches in human and civil rites as well as UK and eu laws. write to your president as well.

Ruth Condra
Ruth Condra
  • Kirsten Conboy

Rep of Ireland is not part of the UK, No appeal to any British governmental organisation is either helpful or appropriate. This is a matter for the Irish Government and its agencies. This is not generally news to most ;-)

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