25th March 2019
People with disabilities face considerable challenges in terms of access to the labour market. The Census 2016 data revealed that there was 176,445 persons with a disability in the labour force in Ireland, representing a participation rate of 30.2 per cent, less than half that for the population in general. These findings reflect earlier results from Census 2011, the 2006 National Disability Survey. People with a disability are also among the groups most likely to be affect by persistent joblessness.