Minister of State Finian McGrath launches the National Disability Inclusion Strategy 2017-2021


14 July 2017

The Minister for Disabilities, Finian McGrath T.D., today launched the new National Disability Inclusion Strategy 2017-2021.  The development of the Strategy involved a comprehensive public consultation process, including two rounds of regional public meetings and engagement with the Disability Sector.

In launching the Strategy, Minister McGrath said that: This is an all of Government Strategy which is aimed at significantly improving the lives of people with disabilities in a practical sense, and also in creating the best possible opportunities for people with disabilities to fulfil their potential.”


Arising from the consultation process, eight themes were identified as central to the success of the Strategy: 



Minister McGrath emphasised that “The Inclusion Strategy is intended as a living document, and further actions will be added where necessary over its lifetime.” He added “As Chair of the Steering Group, my aim will be to ensure that the Strategy results in real and concrete change for the better for children and adults with disabilities.”


Minister McGrath also announced that he had secured additional funding, as and from 2018, for the Sign Language Interpreting Service so that it will be in a position to increase the number of trained Sign Language and Deaf Interpreters, put a quality-assurance and registration scheme for interpreters in place, and provide on-going professional training and development.

Other key commitments in the Strategy include:



Minister McGrath also highlighted key achievements since his appointment, which included:


Minister McGrath concluded “When I was honoured with my appointment as Minister for Disabilities, my immediate and continuing focus was, and is, on the person with the disability. I have listened to the concerns which they have raised with me regarding the many challenges they face on a daily basis. As a Government, we must do all we can to address these challenges and that is why I am excited by this Strategy which aims to bring about improvements for people living with a disability to allow them achieve their full potential in life”.