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2010 Ability Companies

Waterways Ireland

We are delighted to announce the 38 organisations that have been award the status of “Ability Company” as part of the O2 Ability Awards 2010 programme.

This year over 100 organisations participated in the Awards programme, which recognises organisations that champion the ability and value of employees and customers with a disability.

Among the 38 Ability Companies are 18 organisations that are first-time participants in the O2 Ability Awards programme. These include The Courts Service, Dublin Tourism, EMC, Homebase, Imaginosity, Medtronic, Trinity College Dublin and Waterways Ireland. Each participating organisation has undergone an on-site assessment undertaken by disability management consultants and Kanchi’s assessment partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers.

The 2010 Ability Companies together employ 49,750 people in organisations spanning eight different sectors across 14 counties, with 22 of the organisations based in Dublin City or County.

Sectors represented this year include financial services and banking (AIB Group and Citi); pharmaceutical and medical (Abbott Vascular and Medtronic); ICT (Microsoft, EMC and Eircom); hotel/catering and restaurants (Four Seasons Hotel and McDonald’s); education and training (Dublin City Public Libraries & Archives and The Homework Club) and the social/voluntary sector (The Melting Pot, Roscommon). The sport and leisure sector is best represented this year with six participants including Croke Park, DCU Sport, Laois Sports Partnership, Leisure World Cork, the National Aquatic Centre and Westport Leisure Park.

Fifteen organisations from the public sector also make this year’s shortlist including The Central Fisheries Board, Iarnród Éireann, Cork County Council, Carlow Local Authorities, Fingal County Council, Cavan County Council and the Department of Social and Family Affairs.

Announcing the Ability Companies, Caroline Casey said: “The diversity of the Ability Companies demonstrates how organisations in all areas of business recognise the value of people with disabilities to their business, as customers and as employees. It’s an exciting time – these organisations are creating a momentum for change and seizing a competitive advantage in a challenging economic environment”.

The 2010 Ability Companies are:

Abbott Vascular
AIB Group
Carlow Local Authorities
Cavan County Council
Cork County Council
Croke Park
DCU Sport
Department of Social & Family Affairs
Dublin City Public Libraries & Archive
Dublin Tourism
Fingal County Council
Four Seasons Hotel, Dublin
Galway University Hospitals
Health Service Executive, Local Health Office, Dublin South City
Iarnród Éireann
Kernan’s Eurospar
Kilkenny County Council
Laois Sports Partnership
Leisure World Cork
McDonald’s Drive-Thru, Ennis
McDonald’s, Dungarvan
Microsoft Ireland
National Aquatic Centre
South Dublin County Council
The Central Fisheries Board
The Citizen’s Information Board
The Courts Service
The Homework Club
The Melting Pot, Roscommon
Trinity College Dublin
Waterways Ireland
Westport Leisure Park

Many congratulations to all our Ability Companies and well done!

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