As a Senator, Colette has highlighted the need for the Government to adequately invest in healthcare, education, financial support and housing for people with disabilities. She is a member of the Oireachtas Disability Group and has co-signed the Community Participation (Disability) (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2019
. Colette has worked with Independent Living Movement Ireland
and champions a ‘Right to Personal Assistance’. From 2011 – 2015 Colette was CEO of the Cope Foundation
. She was responsible for all aspects of the operation of this ‘section 38’ agency, which provides services and support to 2,500 adults and children in Cork City and County, employs 1,000 staff from multidisciplinary backgrounds.