Speaking ahead of today’s start of the 2016 Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro, Fianna Fáil’s Spokesperson on Sport, Kevin O’Keefe TD and Spokesperson on Disability, Margaret Murphy O’Mahony TD have extended their best wishes to all the Irish athletes competing, and said that their “determination to succeed is powerfully transformative for all people living with disabilities in Ireland.”

“The last Paralympics in London in 2012 showcased the abilities and talents of our Paralympic athletes,” said O’Keeffe.

“I am confident that each and every athlete competing in Rio will do themselves, their families, communities and our country proud.”

“The power of the Paralympics lies in the fact that it shows that disability is not inability. Everyone competing has demonstrated that when someone puts their mind to achieving a goal, nothing is impossible,” said Murphy O’Mahony.

“Sport brings communities together. In particular, it brings people who might otherwise be on the margins of communities’ front and centre, and allows them to showcase their talents, determination and skills.”

“I am looking forward to seeing our athletes at the Paralympics do our country proud once again.”

“We wish them well, and we thank them in advance for representing our country with pride and passion,” concluded the Fianna Fáil TDs.