South Dublin County Council

Reporting Access Difficulty

The customer care staff take reports from members of the public, and they inform the relevant departments, so that issues can be addressed. You can complete a customer care contact form online through the website.

Members of the public, who notice potential barriers to access, can contact the Customer Care Centre by clicking on this direct link to make a report. If the access difficulty is caused by a Road or Path defect please report this through Fix Your Street

Alternatively, you can send an SMS text message containing your contact details and a brief query/comment to 51678 (standard text messaging rates apply) 

Examples of access barriers include:

  • wheelie bins blocking public pathways;
  • inaccessible or obstructed public parking facilities;
  • Restaurants, shops, pubs etc placing furniture and signage on public pathways;
  • Temporary structures such as hoarding that might impede access for a person with a visual or mobility impairment.

Complaints Procedures

Complaints in general in relation to access to public buildings, services, information etc may in the first instance be addressed to the department providing the service, or the Customer Care Team, or Selina Bonnie (the Disability Liaison /Access Officer).  In most instances this ensures that the department involved, or Selina, can quickly consider your needs and can take action to address your specific access needs.  The Council is committed to making South Dublin County and the facilities and services provided by the Council as accessible as possible and will respond quickly to reports relating to access difficulties.

If however you feel that your rights under the Act are not being addressed by the Council, you can report in writing directly to the Chief Executive (as per Section 38 of the Disability Act) or request assistance from an Independent Advocate to do so. The Chief Executive is then obliged to appoint an Inquiry Officer who is independent of the department responsible for the service being investigated.  An Inquiry Officer investigates your complaint and provides a written report to both the Council and the person making the complaint.  This report may state that in the opinion of the Inquiry Officer, the Council has failed to comply with the provisions of the Disability Act. It can also set out the steps that the Council must take to address your access needs.  The Inquiry Officer may also state if they find a complaint to be ‘frivolous or vexatious’.

For detailed information on our Customer Complaints System visit page 14 of our Customer Service Action Plan