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

Disability Awareness Grant Scheme 2017

The aim of the Disability Awareness Grant Scheme is to support the promotion of positive attitudes towards persons with disabilities. In 2017, grants were awarded to six successful organisations as follows:  



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)

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.

Here, you can read the Report of the Chair of the Comprehensive Employment Strategy Implementation Group - 2016.

An Easy to Read version of the Chair's Report is available here.




Contact details

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