Vision, Mission and Mandate

Vision

An inclusive Ireland where human rights and equality are respected, protected and fulfilled for everyone, everywhere.

Mission

To build a fair and inclusive society that protects and promotes human rights and equality in Ireland.

Mandate

The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission was established on 1 November 2014, under the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission Act 2014. In undertaking its mandate the Commission is obliged by section 10(3) of the Act to exercise its functions with a view to encouraging and supporting the development of a society in which:

There is respect for, and protection of, each person’s human rights There is respect for the dignity and worth of each person A person’s ability to achieve his or her potential is not limited by prejudice, discrimination, neglect or prohibited conduct Each person has a fair and equal opportunity to participate in the economic, political, social or cultural life of the State, and There is mutual respect between persons, including classes of persons1, based on a shared understanding of the value of diversity within society and on a shared respect for equality and human rights

  1. There is respect for, and protection of, each person’s human rights
  2. There is respect for the dignity and worth of each person
  3. A person’s ability to achieve his or her potential is not limited by prejudice, discrimination, neglect or prohibited conduct
  4. Each person has a fair and equal opportunity to participate in the economic, political, social or cultural life of the State,
  5. and There is mutual respect between persons, including classes of persons, based on a shared understanding of the value of diversity within society and on a shared respect for equality and human rights