Accessibility Statement

Access keys

Most browsers support jumping to specific links by typing keys defined on the web site. On Windows, you can press ALT + an access key; on Macintosh, you can press Control + an access key.

All pages on this site define the following access keys:

  • Access key 1 - Home page
  • Access key 3 - Table of contents
  • Access key 4 - Search
  • Access key 8 - Terms of use
  • Access key 9 - Feedback
  • Access key 0 - Accessibility statement

As a public sector website we are committed to ensuring that as many people as possible can access our site.

Access, by our definition, covers not only people with disabilities but also those who want to conduct their business through the Irish language, and people with basic computing skills or facilities.

In the case of those with basic computing skills or facilities, including many small suppliers, we try to ensure that as many browsers as is possible are supported and that enough information is provided to help users decide when to download, and when not to (as people using dial-up facilities don't want their phone lines tied up for hours).

For those who wish to conduct their business through the Irish language, we have an Irish language version of the website (although this does not extend, in most cases, to the tender notices which are the responsibility of the awarding authority concerned).

In the case of people with disabilities, we try our best to comply with best practice and current legislative requirements and not just because we have to, but because we want to be as inclusive as possible. We aim to achieve compliance with the Web Accessibility Initiative's Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WAI WCG) and as a demonstration of this objective we undertook an accessibility and usability audit of our site in 2005: recommendations from this audit are being implemented during 2006.

We are also reviewing our policy on documents provided for downloading: all new documents will be provided in HTML format (and PDF where appropriate); older documents on the site will be assessed with a view to, where possible, providing them in HTML or upgrading them to the latest version of PDF. Note that we have no control over the notices published and the tender documents attached to those notices they are the responsibility of the Awarding Authorities concerned; however, we will encourage users to take accessibility into account when creating such documents.

For further information on website accessibility, go to the following websites:

We welcome, from people genuinely interested in helping us to achieve our goals, comments and suggestions on our accessibility policy and aims. Please send an email, with the subject, 'etenders accessibility', to