Martin Naughton RIP 1954 - 2016

Reposing this afternoon in Stafford's Funeral Home, Strand Road, Portmarnock from 3.30pm until 6.30pm. Removal tomorrow, Saturday morning, to the Church of Saints Peter and Paul, Baldoyle arriving for 10 o'clock Funeral Mass followed by burial in Coilleach, An Spidéal, Co. Galway for family and local community. Family flowers only please - Donations, if desired, to Áiseanna Tacaíochta, Dublin. Enquiries to Stafford's Portmarnock - 01 8462620.

The offical notice can be viewed by clicking the following link https://rip.ie/showdn.php?dn=300821/MartinNAUGHTON/Baldoyle/Dublin

If we receive more information we will let you know.

We are very sad to say that Martin Naughton our colleague, friend, disability activist and pioneer of the Independent Living (IL) movement in Ireland has passed away this afternoon 13th October 2016. Martin also contributed to the European wide disability movement through the European Network of Independent Living.

Martin Naughton was born in March 1954 with muscular dystrophy (spinal muscular atrophy), in An Spidéal, Connemara, into an Irish speaking family and community. As was the practice back then at eight years of age the native of An Spidéal, left home to spend his childhood in St Mary’s Hospital in Baldoyle. A young boy with no English.  Not surprisingly, this experience has had a profound impact on Martin.  This tough reality early in life, shaped the person who was to become, an outstanding disability inclusion leader and a respected community participant and leader in Baldoyle, Co. Dublin, where he has continued to live.

Martin campaigned and succeeded in co-founding the first Centre for Independent Living (CIL) in Ireland, opened in Dublin in the early 1990s, inspired after his involvement with the independent living movement in the United States (US).

Martin co-founded Áiseanna Tacaíochta (ÁT) in 2010 to continue the work of empowering people with disabilities to lead independent lives. He has worked with the Disability Federation of Ireland for nineteen years and is our longest serving member of staff.

“Martin’s life was a good life, well lived to his last breath. A life of ongoing service to people with disabilities, to ensure that they would be full and equal members of society.

He was never an ‘incrementalist’, it was never for Martin to only see the next move. For Martin that was the wrong place to start. You start where the journey should end – real freedom – and then work tirelessly for it.

He brought a tension and edge to the disability sector and was ever the conscience in the room. He was the one to always ground things around the only acceptable resolution, namely to be able to live independently.

Some great people can be cranky and irritable. Martin never spoke of himself or his issues. While his daily and nightly life became more and more difficult he was still the go to person for anyone, be they disabled, a family member, or a Baldoyle neighbour. Always a listener, always someone to affirm and give confidence to others. Countless people will remember Martin as the critical and affirming influence in their life.

We remember all who grieve for Martin. Family, friends, people with disabilities and particularly his ever faithful and loving personal assistants.

Our task now is to honour his life by working for the full independence and freedom of all people with disabilities.”

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam”

Senator John Dolan, CEO Disability Federation of Ireland

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