For a brief synopsis of  the most relavent legal and policy related issues relating to the area of special needs and disabilities, see Inclusion Ireland Guide to Disability Law and Policy in Ireland


Children Act 2001

Citizens Information Act 2007

Disability Act 2005

Education for Persons with Special Needs Act 2004

Education Act 1998

Education (Welfare) Act 2000

Equal Status Act 2000

National Disability Authority Act 1999

United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities 2006  This recognises that every person must be empowered to participate in society and to live life to his or her fullest potential. This universal, legally binding standard ensures that the rights of persons with disabilities are guaranteed. Ireland has signed but not yet ratified the Convention. In other words, Ireland has demonstrated agreement with what the Convention represents, but is not yet legally obliged to comply with all articles in the Convention.


Progressing Disability Services for Children and Young People 0-18

Value for Money and Policy Review of Disability Services in Ireland






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