Accessibility Statement

Accessibility Statement

Maritime Area Regulatory Authority Website

The Maritime Area Regulatory Authority, or MARA, is an independent state agency. MARA’s functions are set out in the Maritime Area Planning Act 2021, as amended and has a key role to play in the new streamlined consenting system for the maritime area.

This accessibility statement explains how the Authority, as the Service Provider, will endeavour to meet the requirements as set out in the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines Version 2.1 at AA Level as defined by the Web Accessibility Initiative.

Our commitment and approach to maintaining an accessible website

The Commission is committed to:

  • maintaining an accessible website in accordance with the European Union (Accessibility of Websites and Mobile Applications of Public Sector Bodies) Regulations 2020.
  • ensuring that this website achieves “Level AA” conformance to the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1, to comply with the National Disability Authority’s Code of Practice on Accessibility of Public Services and Information Provided by Public Bodies. (The National Disability Authority’s Centre for Excellence in Universal Design has an introduction to policy and legislation relevant to Universal Design in Ireland.)
  • ensuring that all new information on the website will achieve “Level AA” conformance to the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1.
  • including accessibility when we procure 3rd-party systems or upgrades to existing systems.

How we test for conformance with official accessibility guidelines

The Authority uses a range of techniques to help providing access for all. They include:

  •  Automated Scanning: This provides a quick (but not complete) overview of issues that persons may encounter
  •   Guidance: Provision of guidance to content editors such as using Alternate Text
  •   Manual Review: Regularly performing manual review of each site and adjusting the site to help improve accessibility

This website’s conformance with official accessibility guidelines

The website currently has a partial conformance to the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1. Our most recent web accessibility audit for this website was on 13/11/2023.

Areas for improvement and time-lines

We are aware of some areas on the website where we could improve accessibility. We are continually working to achieve this.

Areas for improvement, time-lines for improvement, and alternatives:

  • An issue may exist with the contrast of the first page heading under some screen resolutions.
  • Some PDFs and/or Documents aren’t fully compliant.

Should you have an issue with certain areas of this website email us at:

How to send feedback on this website’s accessibility

We welcome feedback on the accessibility of this website.

Maritime Area Regulatory Authority
2nd Floor,
Menapia House,
Drinagh Business Park,
Drinagh, Wexford, Y35RF29.

Accessibility features of this website

A large number of techniques are used to enable the site become accessible for all. The process is ongoing as content changes and the structure of the site changes. Some of the accessible features on this site include (but not limited to) the following:

Accessibility Features

  • Alt Text: All Images where appropriate have suitable Alt text to provide a descriptive element to the image portrayed
  • Heading Outline Hierarchy: Logical sense applied to headings where possible H1, H2, H3
  • Descriptive Links: Links and Buttons have descriptive elements or Aria labels where those elements are cannot be provided
  • Contrast: Reasonable minimums in difference with relation to contrast between foreground elements and background elements
  • Navigability: Logical structure applied to the website to ensure the site can be used without a mouse
  • ARIA Landmarks: A large variety of aria- landmarks applied to aid in accessibility

This list is not exhaustive.