In 2020 the Department of Justice and Equality set up a Disability Participation and Consultation Network (DPCN) to facilitate participation by persons with disabilities in the policy development process.

In November 2022, the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth (DCEDIY) requested that the National Disability Authority (NDA) carry out an independent evaluation of the DPCN model to determine the extent to which it achieves the aims and expectations of such a mechanism in light of UNCRPD obligations, advice from the UN Committee through general comments (in particular General Comment No. 7), as well as having due regard for international practices.

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