Conference theme:

Guaranteeing the participation of disabled people in political and public life in Ireland – UNCRPD article 29


Thursday 26 October 2023, 9:30am – 16.15pm


A blended event with the physical venue at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin and online participation also available.


We are now fully booked for in-person event. You can register to attend on-line here

This year’s event will examine Article 29 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) in Ireland, which focuses on the participation of disabled people in political and public life.

This conference will focus on issues in relation to accessible voting and the public and political representation of disabled people in Ireland. The event will bring together disabled people, public officials and elected representatives in order to discuss barriers faced by disabled people and proposed solutions. It will also examine international practices relevant to this theme, presenting learning from other countries which could inform potential solutions to address the challenges and barriers faced.

Speakers confirmed include:

  • Art O'Leary, Chief Executive, An Coimisiún Toghcháin (The Electoral Commission),
  • Cahir Hughes, Head of Electoral Commission Northern Ireland,
  • Robert Sinnott, Coordinator of Voice of Vision Impairment,
  • John Dolan, CEO, Disability Federation Ireland (DFI),
  • Ivana Bacik, TD, Labour Party.

Check out our full Conference Programme and Meet the Speakers documents below.

We encourage all relevant stakeholders to attend including:

  • Disabled Persons Organisations and other disability organisations
  • policy makers
  • public sector officials
  • local authority officials
  • Individuals with disabilities and their families.

The conference will be a hybrid event, in-person at the Havelock suite, Aviva Stadium, Lansdowne Road or online via Zoom. The event is free of charge.

Irish Sign Language interpretation and real-time captioning will be available.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us by email or by phone (01 608 0400).

We look forward to welcoming you to our Annual Conference 2023!

Annual Conference 2023 Final Programme

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Annual Conference 2023 Final Programme

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Meet the Speakers - Speaker Biographies

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Meet the Speakers - Speaker Biographies

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