The Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage is the Government Department responsible for housing and water, for physical and spatial planning, for local government, for weather forecasting and for built and natural heritage.
The Department is committed to ensuring access for all. This accessibility statement explains how the Department, as the Service Provider, will endeavour to meet the requirements as set out in the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines Version 2.1 at AA Level as defined by the Web Accessibility Initiative.
The Department is committed to:
The Department uses a range of techniques to help providing access for all. They include:
|Automated Scanning||Automated scanning provides a quick (but not complete) overview if issues that persons may encounter|
|Guidance||Provision of guidance to content editors such as using Alternate Text|
|Manual Review||Regularly performing manual review of each site and adjusting the site to help improve accessibility|
The website currently has a partial conformance to the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1. Our most recent web accessibility audit for this website was on 10/06/2021.
We are aware of some areas on the website where we could improve accessibility. We are currently working to achieve this. We hope that this website will achieve “Level AA” conformance to the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1 by December 2021.
|Areas for improvement, time-lines for improvement, and alternatives|
|Section of website||Need for improvement||Time-line for improvement||Alternative access|
|YouTube Video||Audio Descriptive Element||We hope to have improved the accessibility of the YouTube section of the website by September 2021 where a new site will replace this content.||If you have problems using the YouTube section of the website, call us on 01 888 2000 and ask to speak to National Directorate for Fire and Emergency Management.|
|PDFs||Use of PDF Documents||We hope to have improved the accessibility of documents that use the Portable Document Format by transferring them to HTML.||If you have problems accessing the PDFs of the website, call us on 01 888 2000 and ask to speak to National Directorate for Fire and Emergency Management.|
We welcome feedback on the accessibility of this website.
Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government, National Directorate for Fire and Emergency Management, Custom House, Dublin 1, D01 W6X0
A large number of techniques are used to enable the site become accessible for all. The process is ongoing as content changes and the structure of the site changes. Some of the accessible features on this site include (but not limited to) the following:
|Alt Text||All Images where appropriate have suitable Alt text to provide a descriptive element to the image portrayed|
|Heading Outline Hierarchy||Logical sense applied to headings where possible H1, H2, H3 or H1, H3|
|Descriptive Links||Links and Buttons have descriptive elements or Aria labels where those elements are cannot be provided|
|Contrast||Reasonable minimums in difference with relation to contrast between foreground elements and background elements|
|Navigability||Logical structure applied to the website to ensure the site can be used without a mouse|
|ARIA Landmarks||A large variety of aria- landmarks applied to aid in accessibility|
This list is not exhaustive.