658. Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if a review of the role of the National Disability Authority has been conducted as outlined in A Programme for A Partnership Government; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [33841/19]


Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): As the Deputy is aware there is a commitment in the Programme for Government 2016 -2021 to review the role of the National Disability Authority (NDA). 
The NDA is an independent advisory body to Government, on disability matters which informs national policy and its implementation towards achieving a society where persons with disabilities can have their rights to equal participation in economic, social and cultural life realised, can reach their maximum potential and where universal design of the environment can be progressively realised.
The focus of work with regard to disability has been on starting the midterm review of the National Disability Inclusion Strategy, advancing implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and on agreeing the second Action Plan on the Comprehensive Employment Strategy for People with Disabilities.  Preliminary work has been undertaken on the review of the NDA.