2 October 2015

The Minister for Justice and Equality Frances Fitzgerald TD and the Minister of State for New Communities, Culture, Equality and Drugs Strategy Aodhán Ó Ríordáin have welcomed the launch of the Comprehensive Employment Strategy for People with Disabilities. The Strategy was launched by An Taoiseach, Mr Enda Kenny TD at an event in Farmleigh House earlier today.


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.


Welcoming the launch of the report Minister Fitzgerald said, 'The plan maps a way forward for people with disabilities to participate more fully in society and also to live more independently. The objective is to create an environment that is accessible to everybody, regardless of ability or disability.'


Minister Ó Ríordáin stated, 'The task ahead is to build on the work that has been done in preparing this Strategy and to see it through to full implementation. This will require effort on the part of a wide range of organisations. I have arranged for the establishment of a group to oversee the implementation of the Strategy which will be chaired by Mr Fergus Finlay. This group will monitor the progress of the six strategic priorities of the Strategy ensuring that each Government Department is fulfilling its obligations and meeting any necessary targets.'


The Strategy can be found on the Department's website. Click here to download the Comprehensive Employment Strategy for People with Disabilities 2015 - 2024