Accessibility Statement 

The Central Bank of Ireland is committed to providing a website that is accessible to the widest possible audience, regardless of technology or ability.

We are actively working to increase the accessibility and usability of our website and in doing so adhere to many of the available standards and guidelines.  The following statement outlines the provisions we have made to ensure a high standard of accessibility throughout this website.

Standards Compliance

The pages on this site are designed to be  WCAG AA compliant, and to comply with all Priority 2 guidelines of the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines.

The pages on this site are designed to be compliant with the Irish National Disability Authority IT Accessibility Guidelines.

The pages on this site are designed to be Section 508 compliant, and to comply with all of the U.S. Federal Government Section 508 Guidelines.

This site has been built using code compliant with W3C standards for XHTML and CSS. The site displays correctly in current browsers and using standards compliant XHTML/CSS code means it will also display correctly in any future browsers.

The pages on this site are designed to validate as XHTML 1.0 Transitional.

All pages on this site use structured semantic markup. H1 tags are used for main titles, H2 tags for subtitles.

NOTE: Whilst we strive to adhere to the accepted guidelines and standards for accessibility and usability, it is not always possible to do so in all areas of the website. If you should experience any difficulty in accessing the website, please do not hesitate to contact us.

PDF Documents

Some of the PDF documents on the website are accessible.  Others are not. We are in the process of making all our PDF documents accessible.  When selected, PDF documents on this website will open in a new window.

Images

All images used in this site include descriptive ALT or LONGDESC tag.

Visual design

This site uses cascading style sheets for visual layout.

This site uses only relative font sizes, compatible with the user-specified "text size" option in visual browsers.

Accessibility references

Accessibility software

  • JAWS, a screen reader for Windows. A time-limited, downloadable demo is available.
  • Lynx, a free text-only web browser for blind users with refreshable Braille displays.
  • Links, a free text-only web browser for visual users with low bandwidth.

Browser Requirements

The Central Bank of Ireland website should work with any modern standards based browser. The Bank does not require, or recommend, any particular browser as our web sites and public-facing applications support the current versions of all major browsers. Testing is concentrated on the most commonly used browsers. At this time, this specifically includes Internet Explorer, Chrome, and Firefox – other browsers such as Safari, Opera and Edge should work, but are not extensively tested due to low usage on our sites. Only vendor supported versions of browsers are supported by the Bank  – unsupported versions should not be used as they present a security risk.

As of January 2016, the supported versions of common browsers we test against are:

  • IE 11
  • Firefox current version 
  • Chrome current version

Access Officer

Further information on accessibility is available from Access Officer, Liam McMunn at liam.mcmunn@centralbank.ie