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The EDF report highlighted, Ireland has the worst rate in Europe for people with disabilities in employment

Ireland has the lowest employment rate in Europe for individuals with disabilities, as per the Oireachtas.

According to a critical assessment from the European Disability Forum (EDF), the average employment rate for individuals with disabilities in the EU is 51%. However, in Ireland, the percentage is just 32.6%, which is tied for the worst in Europe with Greece—however, Ireland has a solid rate of general employment, whereas Greece does not.

According to Eurostat data, Ireland likewise has the highest disability employment gap in the EU, with a difference of 38.6 percentage points between the employment rates of those with and without disabilities. Only 15% of women with disabilities are employed full-time.

In addition to the findings of the most current EDF study, a separate 2020 analysis indicated that the danger of poverty and social isolation for individuals with disabilities in Ireland was higher than in any other Western European country. At the time of the report’s release in 2020, 38.1% of individuals with disabilities in Ireland were at danger of poverty and social isolation.

Erin McGreehan, a Fianna Fáil senator, called the employment disparity “shocking.”

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