Costello Calls on City Council to develop Framework Plan to Implement Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities

3 December 2019

by Cllr Joe Costello

Today, 3 December, is the International Day for Persons with Disabilities. At last night's City Council meeting I asked the Chief Executive of Dublin City Council to outline what actions the Council is taking to implement the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disablities.

His response is below. While it is welcome that some progress is being made on a plan to implement the Convention, it is clear a lot of work needs to be done.

I will continue to monitor progress in this regard.


To ask the Chief Executive to draw up a plan for Dublin City Council to implement the provisions of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities which Ireland has recently ratified


Dublin City Council’s Corporate Plan 2015-2019 sets out the Housing Department’s objectives in relation to supporting independent living for all sectors of society. These objectives include:

  • Implementing the National Disability Strategy; A Disability Steering Group was established following the launch of the City Council Strategic Plan for Housing People with a Disability. The Group is a multi-agency operations group which drives the planning, design and allocation of accommodation of people with disability. A commitment to allocate a minim of 5% of DCC’s allocations to people with a disability was agreed.
  • Increase the supply of adapted and extended units for persons with disabilities
  • Continue to grant aid residents in private homes in carrying out necessary works to accommodate people with disabilities

 In addition, a percentage of all new Council developments will be developed using a Universal Design approach and will be targeted at those applicants with specific requirements.

Dublin City Council has developed a framework for the implementation of the UNCRPD across all departments and has included a commitment to this implementation in its draft corporate plan.