Most people in Ireland agree that more should be done by employers to accommodate employees with disabilities, according to a survey by the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission.

An online survey carried out by Amárach Research on behalf of the IHREC shows that 89% agreed with this, up 4% on 2020.

The poll findings have been published to mark the UN's International Day of Persons with Disabilities.

One in five (21%) of those surveyed said they had witnessed, or experienced discrimination directly related to someone’s disability.

41% considered that people with disabilities are not treated fairly in Irish society.

A greater proportion agreed (42%) than disagreed (24%) that minority groups have been sufficiently considered in Ireland’s response to Covid-19.

Those rates of agreement have increased compared to 2020 results (36%).

The theme of this year’s International Day of Persons with Disabilities is "leadership and participation of persons with disabilities toward an inclusive, accessible and sustainable post-Covid world".

The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission says this ensures the eventual recovery from Covid-19 will see the full participation of disabled people - avoiding the creation of a larger rights gap.

The Chief Commissioner of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission Sinéad Gibney has said that the figures show that society "has had enough of those amongst us with disabilities being side-lined and patronised".

Dr Rosaleen McDonagh, who is an IHREC Commission Member and Chair of the Commission’s Disability Advisory Committee said she looked forward to the full implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities which was ratified in 2018.

"We are in solidarity today also with disabled people across the world including those in war-torn jurisdictions, and places where human rights are not afforded to people with disabilities."


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