Tipperary Man Takes Up The Helm At Muscular Dystrophy Ireland

Muscular Dystrophy Ireland (MDI) has announced the recent appointment of Mr John Bennett from Cashel, Co. Tipperary as its Chief Executive Officer.

The national charity for people with muscular dystrophy and their families, MDI services include information and advice, family support, respite support, youth activities, transport, assistive equipment, and medical research programmes. MDI also operates a National Resource Centre for Neuromuscular Conditions, incorporating a display area for aids, appliances and specialised equipment. The national office is based in Chapelizod, Dublin 20, with regional offices in place throughout Ireland.

Tipperary Man Takes Up The Helm At Muscular Dystrophy Ireland

John Bennett, the new CEO of Muscular Dystrophy Ireland

Mr Bennett will be responsible for leading MDI through its next exciting period of growth and development.

He has worked in the disability sector for more than 20 years, both at home and overseas: in Ireland with University College Dublin, the Central Remedial Clinic, and the Tipperary Centre for Independent Living; in the United States of America with Temple University; and, most recently, in Botswana, with IncludeDIS, a company he founded which provides educational and disability consultancy services to the public sector and non-profit disability organisations.

Garry Toner, Chairman of Muscular Dystrophy Ireland, warmly welcomed the appointment:
“John has an outstanding record of achievement both in Ireland and abroad. We look forward to him leading our organisation and to playing a key role in helping to advance progress with other stakeholders in the significant challenges that lie ahead for people with muscular dystrophy.”

Speaking about his appointment, John Bennett comments:
“Having had the privilege of working with the previous CEO, Joe T Mooney, who sadly passed away last September, I am all too conscious of the huge void left behind. As someone who has worked in the disability area for over two decades, I am all too aware of the barriers that people with disabilities face in accessing essential services, equipment and care, in being able to pursue their education, take up a job or to live independently. I am passionate about the inclusion and equal participation of everyone in our society. Above all, I am confident that working together with members, their families and staff, we will overcome these obstacles and that we will prevail. There can be no other outcome.”

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