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Workplace Discrimination in Ireland

2016-0507 Epilepsy Discrimation

By Áilín Quinlan | Irish Examiner

WHEN controversial TV personality and newspaper columnist Katie Hopkins declared she wouldn’t hire someone with epilepsy — and had kept her own condition secret for years for the sake of her career — it sent shockwaves across the nation.

Her radio interview with broadcaster Ryan Tubridy lifted the lid on a key issue for the 40,000 Irish people with the condition, about 10,000 of whom are estimated to be children under the age of 16.

Do people with epilepsy — a common but serious neurological condition in which the sufferer tends to have seizures that start in the brain — suffer discrimination in the Irish workplace?

Yes, according to Peter Murphy, CEO of Epilepsy Ireland.


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