Website Accessibility Statement

Statement of commitment

The National Cancer Registry Ireland (NCRI) is committed to making our website accessible in accordance with European Union (Accessibility of Websites and Mobile Applications of Public Sector Bodies) Regulations 2020.

This statement applies to content published via the NCRI Content Management System (CMS) on the domain.  Digital accessibility is a primary consideration in our web maintenance and development practices as we want as many people as possible to be able to use this website. 

Compliance status

This website is partially compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.1 level AA , due to the non-compliances listed below.

Non-accessible content

Colour Contrast: not all text elements within the website have sufficient colour contrast between the text in the foreground and background colour behind it. Text that is too close in luminance (brightness) to the background can be hard to read for those with low vision.

ID attribute values: Not all elements within our site with an id attribute has a unique id attribute value. This prevents the second instance from being overlooked by assistive technology.

PDFs: Many documents are published as PDFs – which are less accessible than HTML pages for people using assistive technologies. Some of the issues with Pdfs include:

  • missing alt text - not all images within these Pdf’s have photo (or meta) descriptions. If images do not have the correct descriptions then a user using assistive technologies will not learn the information conveyed in the image;
  • some tables used to present tabular data are not structured appropriately e.g. tables do not have correctly defined headers. This makes it harder for people using screen readers or voice recognition software to read the content within the Pdf;
  • infrequent headings
  • unclear hyperlink text
  • images/objects not inline
  • repeated blank characters

This content is not an exhaustive list of non-accessible content.

Exempted content

PDF documents that were published before 23 September 2018 are exempt from these guidelines except where it is related to a service that a member of the public has to use.

Videos or audio published before 23 September 2020 are exempt from these guidelines.

How we plan to improve accessibility on our website

  • We are reviewing our website governance practices and will be implementing advisory and control protocols to ensure that active CMS users are aware of their obligations when creating content for our website.  
  • We will continue to work with staff to make sure they are publishing accessible PDFs to the site.
  • We are developing a Digital Accessibility Policy for the organization which will help all staff understand what accessibility means, understand why the NCRI needs to meet the website and mobile app accessibility regulations, explain how the accessibility regulations are monitored and enforced, identify roles and responsibilities, and provide a framework to ensure that our website and any digital content we create is compliant.
  • We are reviewing our report templates to make them more accessible and are considering having new templates developed with accessibility features built into them from the start.
  • We will continue to review the accessibility of our website and are looking into the application of automated tools and other testing methods where necessary.  This will provide us with the insights required to assess and improve aspects of our website that do not conform to level AA of the WCAG 2.1.
  • When building our planned a new site, we will request that the developer choose software and use processes that build accessibility into the new site to guarantee that the new site meets accessibility standards.

Preparation of this accessibility statement

This statement was originally prepared on the 12th April 2013. It was last reviewed on the 3rd August 2022. 

This website was last tested on 1st August 2022. The test was conducted by the National Disability Authority using automated monitoring and analysing software which currently crawls our website every 7 days, and checks our content against the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1.   

Feedback and contact information

If you have any complaints about the accessibility of content used on our site please contact our Access Officer at ncr_info [at]

Escalation of a complaint

If you are not happy with the NCRI’s response then you can make a complaint to the Ombudsman under the Disability Act.

Current supports

You can change font size easily using using the buttons at the top of the page.   Alternatively you can change font size using your browser, refer to your browser’s Help menu to learn how to change font.

We have provided a high-contrast version of the site for people with certain visual impairments. This can also be accessed via the button at the top of the page, using the access key 'z'.

The home page of this website contains a slidebar.  To stop this bar moving, press the <pause> button on the slider.   All content available on the slider is available from menu options on the site.

There are “skip links” available. These will bypass site navigation and bring you straight to the content.

Access keys are provided for all main menu, search box, footer menu and landing page menu items. These keys are shown in square brackets next to the link when using the accessibility (high-contrast) version of the site. The access keys for the main menu and search box are as follows:

About usa
Data & statisticss
Search box9
Normal themey
Accessibility themez

The access keys for the footer menu are as follows:

Accessibility statement0
Confidentiality policyc
Statutory declarationst

Landing pages are those pages that can be accessed through the main menu. They offer navigation links to all pages in the corresponding section. The pages are as follows:

Some sub pages are also accessible in the style of the landing pages:

These pages have numeric access keys, so that they don't conflict with those of the menus. The access keys are numbered 1 to 6 or 1 to 7 depending on the number of items on the page. 1 is the key to the first or most leftward item. If there are 6 items on the page, 6 is the key for the most rightward item. 

Access keys are used as follows

  • Internet Explorer 6+ (PC): Hold down the ALT key, press the access key, release both keys then press ENTER
  • Netscape 7 (PC): Hold down the ALT key and press the access key
  • Firefox, Mozilla (PC): Hold down the ALT + shift key and press the access key

  • Internet Explorer 5+ (Mac): Hold down the CTRL key and press the access key
  • Firefox, Mozilla (Mac): Hold down the CTRL key and press the access key
  • Safari and Omniweb (Mac): Hold down the CTRL key and press the access key

  • Opera: Hold down the Shift key and press Escape, release both keys, then press the access key

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