Emily Logan, Chief Commissioner

Emily Logan is the first Chief Commissioner of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission appointed by President Michael D Higgins on 31 October 2014, following an open competition.

On behalf of the Commission she serves as Chair of the European Network of National Human Rights Institutions (ENNHRI) representing forty-four national human rights bodies across Council of Europe Member States, having been elected by ENNHRI members in October 2018. She is also serves on the Executive of the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions (GANHRI).

She was recently (in September 2019) appointed as Adjunct Full Professor in University College Dublin, assigned to the School of Law.

For eleven years prior to her appointment as Chief Commissioner, she served as Ireland’s first Ombudsman for Children. Key investigations in this time include: a multi-agency review of child death; an own-volition investigation into state compliance with child protection policy; discrimination against children in admission to school.

Ms Logan progressed the rights of children without parental care, in particular separated children seeking asylum, children in care and children deprived of their liberty. Since her first year in office, Ms Logan advocated an amendment to the Irish Constitution to further enhance the rights of children, achieved by popular vote in 2012.

In 2013, she undertook the first Section 42 Statutory Inquiry under the Garda Síochána Act 2005, into the taking into care of two children from two Roma families by An Garda Síochána.

She has twenty-seven years management experience in Ireland and the UK. For six years preceding her appointment as Ombudsman for Children, she held two senior positions in public administration: Director of Nursing/General Manager at Crumlin Children’s Hospital and Director of Nursing at Tallaght Hospital, following her time as Directorate Manager in Great Ormond Street Hospital London.

The Chief Commissioner graduated from Queens University with an LLM in Human Rights Law, University College Dublin with an MBA and Diploma in Mediation, and from City University London with an MSc in Psychology. She was awarded two honorary Degrees of Doctor of Laws (LLD) from the National University of Ireland, Maynooth and from University College Dublin.