Accessibility Statement

The Irish Research Council is committed to making its website accessible, in accordance with European Union (Accessibility of Websites and Mobile Applications of Public Sector Bodies) Regulations 2020.

This accessibility statement applies to

Compliance Status

This website is partially compliant with the European Union (Accessibility of Websites and Mobile Applications of Public Sector Bodies) Regulations 2020, due to the non-compliance and the exemptions listed below.

We are currently auditing and upgrading the accessibility on the IRC website.

Non-Accessible Content

The content listed below is non-accessible for the following reason(s):

Non-compliance with the European Union (Accessibility of Websites and Mobile Applications of Public Sector Bodies) Regulations 2020

  • PDF documents: We are aware that PDF documents used on this website can have accessibility issues. We are working to ensure that PDF documents are natively accessible going forward.
  • Images: Not all images on this website have alternative text, we are working to make sure images have sufficient alt text.
  • Colour Contrast: Some text elements do not have sufficient contrast between text in the foreground and background colours in accordance with contrast ratio thresholds.
  • Forms: The search field in the header does not have an accessible label for screen readers.
  • Videos: Not all iFrames on the website have an accessible title.
  • Name, Role, Value: For a couple of UI components, the link does not have discernible text.

Preparation of this accessibility statement

This statement was prepared on 5th April 2024 on the basis of an evaluation of the website’s compliance with the requirements of European Union (Accessibility of Websites and Mobile Applications of Public Sector Bodies) Regulations 2020. This assessment was performed by a third party, New Graphic.

Testing Methodology

We are gradually remediating accessibility issues found on the website by AxeMonitor.

Feedback and Contact Information

Irish Research Council is committed to ensuring digital accessibility for persons with disabilities. We welcome feedback on the accessibility of this website.

If you have a comments or complaint about the accessibility of this website, please email HEA/IRC Disability Liaison Officer Liam McCaffery:

If you wish to request particular content in an accessible format please include the following details:

  • Your required format.
  • The content you wish to receive (please include the url of the content)
  • Your name and email address.

We will make all reasonable efforts to fulfil your request.

Enforcement procedure

If you have difficulty accessing information on this site or have suggestions as to how we could improve the accessibility of our site, please contact our Disability Liaison Officer.

The 2020 Regulations state that enforcement procedure is to be “used in the case of unsatisfactory responses to any notification or request sent in accordance with Article 7(4)(c) of the 2020 Regulations.

Section 38 of the Disability Act provides that  a person, or a specified person may make a complaint in writing to the head of a public body if that body is not following the law as outlined in sections 25, 26, 27, 28 or 29 of the Act.

If you are not happy with our response, you can refer your complaint to the

Office of the Ombudsman:

Workplace Relations Commission:

Data Protection Notice

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