The Office of the Information Commissioner has set out policies and strategies to meet its own requirements as a public body under sections 25, 26, 27 and 28 of the Disability Act 2005 (the Act).

The Information Commissioner, Peter Tyndall, is also the Ombudsman and is a member of the Standards in Public Office Commission and the Commission for Public Service Appointments. The Office of the Information Commissioner shares offices with the Office of the Ombudsman, the Standards Commission and Public Service Appointments Commission. In this section of the website, references to the organisation include all these offices.

The organisation operates from 18 Lower Leeson Street. The following works have been carried out:

  • The office installed a ramp at the front of the building to improve access for visitors with ambulatory difficulties. The front door threshold is now flush with the top step.
  • The front door opens with light pressure and a platform lift installed in our reception area.
  • A wireless intercom was installed at the railings on street level.
  • The back staircase was covered in tactile flooring with contrast coloured stepnosing. Additionally, colour contrasted stepnosing was placed on the steps in the reception area.
  • Induction loops were installed in the reception area and lower ground floor conference room. A portable loop for use in the interview rooms was also acquired.
  • One leaf of the doors leading into the lift lobby area on each floor was automated to help wheelchair access. The door in the basement lobby leading in from the car park was automated as were the double doors at reception leading in to the interview rooms. Again these works were carried out to help wheelchair access.
  • The cotags in respect of the automated doors were lowered.
  • The organisation has taken the following steps to ensure that the appropriate expertise and skills are available to it. It has ascertained the existing level of skills/training within the organisation for dealing with people with disabilities. Disability awareness training has been provided to all members of staff. It has compiled a database of contact details, costs and notice required for suppliers who provide the following services:
  • Translation of documents into accessible formats
  • Sign Language Services
  • Induction Loop available on request
  • Plain English Documentation
  • Accessibility Works 

The organisation has appointed Mr. Peter Mahony as its access officer. Peter is the point of contact for people with disabilities wishing to access services provided by the organisation. The contact details for Peter are as follows: 
Postal Address: 18 Lower Leeson Street, Dublin 2. D02 HE97 
Telephone: 01-639 5625 
E-Mail: accessofficer@oic.ie
These contact details should only be used where the query relates to the provision of accessible services. General office queries will not be answered at this number/email address.

For general office queries the contact details below should be used:
Telephone: 01-639 5689 or LoCall: 1890 253238
Email: info@oic.ie 

 

The organisation ensures that relevant accessibility requirements for people with disabilities are, where appropriate, included as part of the organisation's procurement procedures. This applies to both the provision of services and the supply of goods. Section 27 requires public bodies to ensure that unless it would not be practicable or justifiable on cost grounds or would result in an unreasonable delay, goods or services supplied to the body are accessible to people with disabilities. Section 27 applies when tendering for equipment, materials, information technology, conference facilities etc. The aim of this organisation is, where it is practical and cost-effective to do so, to achieve as high standard of accessibility as possible for people with disabilities. It is the policy of this organisation to ensure that relevant accessibility requirements for people with disabilities are, where appropriate, included in all stages of the tender process. The following procedures have been adopted:

  • Staff preparing tenders should consult the Access Officer to identify whether there are accessibility requirements which should be considered as part of the tender process. It may also be necessary to consult with external advisors, the National Disability Authority and/or people with disabilities to identify any such requirements.
  • If it is decided that there are no accessibility requirements relevant to the goods or services being procured or that the accessibility requirements are deemed not to be practicable or will cause undue cost or delay, this decision must be recorded on the relevant file.
  • If there are accessibility requirements such requirements must be clearly stated in the request for tenders.
  • Accessibility criteria must be considered throughout the tendering process. Suppliers should be asked to identify features of their product or service which meets the relevant accessibility requirements. If asked to make presentations, suppliers should include accessibility as part of their presentation.
  • Accessibility requirements, where included, should also be given appropriate consideration and weighting during scoring and evaluation stages. 

 

This website is maintained by the Office of the Information Commissioner. The website of the Information Commissioner has been constructed to be as accessible as possible, and we are continually striving to improve accessibility to the site.We have tried to ensure that our site meets the following technical standards:

  • Accessibility - We aim to maintain every page of our site at WAI AA compliance level
  • Code - The site is produced using W3C XHTML 1.0 for code clarity
  • Formatting - In line with W3C recommendations, all formatting is in a Cascading Style Sheet (CSS) file. Users may choose to disable this file and see a "plain text" version of the site if they prefer

The website has also been designed to be compatible with most browsers. Older browser versions which lack CSS compatibility can still access the site although the content may display without its graphical layout.

If you have a difficulty accessing information on this site or have any suggestions as to how we could improve the accessibility of our website please contact our Access Officer. The contact details are as follows:

Postal Address: 18 Lower Leeson Street, Dublin 2.
Telephone: +353 1 6395711
Contactaccessofficer@oic.ie

Procedures for examining complaints

In accordance with section 39(1) of the Act the organisation has appointed two inquiry officers for the purposes of investigating a complaint in relation to a failure by the organisation to comply with sections 25, 26, 27 or 28 of the Disability Act. In accordance with section 39(2) of the Act, the organisation has drawn up procedures for the investigation of complaints by inquiry officers.