The development of Government policy on disability policy is carried out by the Civil Justice & Equality Pillar. The Pillar’s main functions in this regard include:



National Disability Inclusion Strategy 2017-2021


On 14 July 2017, the Minister of State for Disability Issues, Finian Mc Grath launched a new National Disability Inclusion Strategy to span 2017 to 2021.


The Strategy takes a whole of Government approach to improving the lives of people with disabilities both in a practical sense, and also in creating the best possible opportunities for people with disabilities to fulfil their potential. 

The Strategy comprises the following eight themes: 

The Strategy was prepared on foot of a comprehensive consultation process that took place during 2016 and was completed early in 2017. The purpose of this process was to identify and agree specific actions and timescales for delivery under the themes set out above. Implementation of the Strategy is being overseen by a Steering Group, which comprises representatives of the key government departments and agencies and of disability stakeholders. The Group is chaired by the Minister of State. 

The National Disability Strategy Steering Group will publish an annual report on progress made in each year of the Strategy starting in 2018, and there will also be a midterm review.


National Disability Inclusion Strategy 2017-2021

National Disability Inclusion Strategy 2017-2021 (Easy to Read Version)

National Disability Authority independent assessment of progress made under National Disability Inclusion Strategy 2017-2018 (March 2019)

Midterm Review of the National Disability Inclusion Strategy-2017-2021

Comprehensive Employment Strategy for People with Disabilities 2015-2024

The Comprehensive Employment Strategy for People with Disabilities was launched by then Taoiseach, Mr Enda Kenny TD at Farmleigh House on 2 October 2015. The strategy requires a cross-government approach that brings together actions by different departments and state agencies in a concerted effort to address the barriers and challenges that impact on employment of people with disabilities.

An implementation group which is chaired by Fergus Finlay meets regularly to oversee the implementation of the strategy and ensure that each Government Department is fulfilling its obligations and meeting its targets.

The reports of the Chair of the Comprehensive Employment Strategy Implementation Group are available at the following link: Reports of the Chair of the Comprehensive Employment Strategy Implementation Group



Contact details

Address: Civil Justice & Equality Pillar
  Department of Justice
  2nd Floor, Bishop’s Square
  Redmond’s Hill
  Dublin 2
  D02 TD99
Phone (main reception): + 353 1 479-0200
Lo-Call: 1890 555-509