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New app aims to help those with sight loss navigate the city

“Walk Dublin”, a free iPhone app, has been launched by Dublin City Council in conjunction with the National Council for the Blind of Ireland.

A NEW IPHONE app has been launched by Dublin City Council (DCC) to help those who are visually impaired.

Developed in conjunction with the National Council for the Blind of Ireland (NCBI), the “Walk Dublin” app aims to complement the wayfinding system that was launched last year, which involved the erection of 20 double-sided map panels throughout the city.

Speaking of the free app, Lord Mayor of Dublin, Naoise Ó Muirí said:

The function of the wayfinding app is to assist people in successfully navigating their way around the city and to obtain information about the key cultural and institutional attractions in the city.  The app provides for one hundred points of interest ranging from the smaller cultural destinations to the city’s national cultural destinations.

When users select their destination they are given turn-by-turn directions to it, based on their current location.

Stuart Lawler from the NCBI said that the “app will enable those people with sight loss who use smart phone technology to navigate safely within Dublin city”.

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