Web accessibility is about making the content of our websites as
accessible as possible to all, including people with disabilities.
In 2012, the EU Commission published a proposal for a Directive on
the accessibility of public sector websites. Following this proposal, the Department led
Ireland's negotiation of the proposed Directive. Together with the National
Disability Authority (NDA), we commissioned a research study on web
accessibility. This research study was an action under the National Digital
In 2014, we published a report on the outcomes of the research study. The outcomes focused on the accessibility of
key public services for citizens in the EU Member States. The report will help
inform practical approaches to addressing web accessibility issues.
3 May 2016, the
EU Commission announced that they had reached an agreement on
the new EU Directive. After adoption by the Council in July 2016, the European Parliament
approved the Directive on 26 October 2016.
On 2 December 2016, the new Directive on the accessibility of websites and
mobile applications of public sector bodies was published. On 22 December
2016 it entered into force. Ireland, along with other Member States, has
21 months to transpose the Directive into Irish law. The
Directive requires public sector websites and mobile applications to achieve
specific accessibility standards. It also
requires Member States to regularly monitor and report to the Commission
on the accessibility of public sector websites and mobile applications.
For more information on web accessibility, visit The Centre for Excellence in Universal Design at the NDA. Here you
will find helpful guides and practical advice for anyone involved in web
development and design.