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Accessibility Statement

Accessibility Statement

An Garda Síochána (AGS) is committed to making garda.ie accessible, in accordance with S.I. No. 358/2020 - European Union (Accessibility of Websites and Mobile Applications of Public Sector Bodies) Regulations 2020[1]. This statement applies to content published on www.garda.ie and any subdomains of same i.e. https://vetting.garda.ie/.


We are committed to achieving compliance with the harmonised European standard, EN 301 549 (Accessibility requirements for ICT products and services) which replicates the more commonly known Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.1). This website is partially compliant due to the non-accessible content and exemptions listed below.

Non-accessible content

Should you wish to contact us regarding accessibility please see the Feedback and contact information section below. We will do our utmost to ensure that any content you are requesting is made available and accessible.

We are working to address accessibility compliance and will endeavour to apply all accessibility standards to content being published to our website going forward.

However, there will be times due to the dynamic nature of content being published to our website and time constraints, for example breaking news, it will not always be feasible/practical to ensure full compliance.

The content that is currently not accessible is outlined below.

  • Content published prior to the 23 September 2018:

- PDFs, Office file formats such as Word and Excel documents.

- Pre-recorded audio and video.

  • Alt text on images. Please note that due to COVID-19 and other time/resource constraints it is not feasible at this time to address the missing alt text on all images.
  • The content listed below is not within the scope of the applicable legislation. However, we will endeavour to apply all accessible standards where reasonably practical in all circumstances:

- Live audio and video.

- Maps.

- Third party content.

    Preparation of this accessibility statement

    This statement was prepared on 5 October 2020.

    In preparation for this statement an evaluation of the website’s compliance with the requirements of Directive (EU) 2016/2102 was carried out by way of:

    • a self-assessment by AGS.
    • an assessment carried out by an external ICT specialist consultancy for websites.
    • liaison with the National Disability Authority.

    The statement was last reviewed on 5 November 2020.

    Feedback and contact information

    AGS is committed to ensuring digital accessibility for people with disabilities. We are continually improving the user experience for everyone, and applying the relevant accessibility standards. However, there are parts of this website that are not fully accessible yet but this will change with your help.

    We welcome your feedback on accessibility, if you find any problems and you think we’re not meeting the accessibility requirements please email us at corporate.communications@garda.ie.

    If you need information in a different format please email us at corporate.communications@garda.ie with the following details:

    • Your required format.
    • The content you wish to receive.
    • Your name and email address.


    Should you have a complaint about our response to you in respect of accessibility please contact:

    The Office of the Ombudsman

    6 Earlsfort Terrace,

    Dublin 2,

    D02 W773.

    Phone:  01 – 639 5600
    E Mail: complaints@ombudsman.ie

    For more information click here to visit the Office of the Ombudsman website.

    Recite Me

    We have installed the Recite Me toolbar on our website to make the site more accessible and user friendly. Recite Me supports each visitor by providing options so that they can use our website in a way that works best for them. For example, users can change the font size, change the colour of the screen, translate text or use the screen reader option to read the text aloud. To use Recite Me, click on the Accessibility Help button on our website.

    [1] National legislation that transposes Directive (EU) 2016/2102 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 26 October 2016 on the accessibility of the websites and mobile applications of public sector bodies.