Martin Conway is a Fine Gael Senator elected to the Administrative Panel in 2011. He is the Government spokesperson on Justice, Disability and Equality in the Seanad and is the first visually impaired member of the Oireachtas.
He was first elected to Clare County Council in June, 2004, representing North Clare and re-elected in 2009, topping the poll.
Martin is the third generation of his family to be born with congenital cataracts. When he was just six months old he was taken to London for a series of ground-breaking eye operations, which left him with 16% vision. Rather than going to a school especially for blind and visually impaired, Martin attended local schools with his brother.
Martin first joined Fine Gael whilst at school in Ennistymon and his interest in politics continued throughout his college career, and in 1998 he graduated with a Degree in Economics and Politics from University College Dublin.
One of his proudest moments was to receive the prestigious University College Dublin’s Presidents’ award for Excellence in recognition of his commitment for campaigning and advocacy, for people with disabilities.
Martin campaigns tirelessly on behalf of people with disabilities for the provision of adequate housing, improved education and employment opportunities and proper sport facilitates.
Martin is a founding member of AHEAD-The Association of Higher Education Access and Disability which endeavours to make education accessible to all. He is particularly proud of the WAM-Willing Able Mentoring programme which has successfully placed over 150 graduates with disabilities in employment over the last seven years.