Áras an Uachtaráin Unveils New “Changing Places” Facility

New, ‘Changing Places’ facilities a first in an Office of Public Works managed building in the Republic of Ireland.

President Michael D. Higgins has announced that visitors to Áras an Uachtaráin will now have available to them modern facilities inclusive of the needs of all citizens. 

Áras an Uachtaráin is the official residence of the President of Ireland and is located in Phoenix Park in the northside of Dublin.

Each year, some 20,000 people pass through the formal rooms and gardens at Áras an Uachtaráin which are already fully accessible with step free access.  

The new ‘Changing Places’ facility ensures that Áras an Uachtaráin leads the way in providing the necessary infrastructure to welcome all visitors.

The principles of inclusion and non-discrimination have been a central theme of President Michael D. Higgins’ work over decades. 

This commitment to accessibility is manifested in the President’s insistence on ensuring full access to Áras an Uachtaráin.

The toilet and changing facilities meets the Changing Places standard and offers a height-adjustable adult-sized changing bench, a ceiling track hoist and ample 12 sqm space for carers. It was installed by leading Changing Places installer Clos-o-Mat.

Its provision is part of a programme of work by the Office of Public Works to ensure Áras an Uachtaráin meets the needs and expectations of the people who use them.

Do get in touch if you have had the opportunity to use the Changing Places in the Áras an Uachtaráin.

If you are interested in a site visit or more information from Clos-o-Mat, visit their website!

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