Press Releases

Poll Findings Mark International Day of Persons with Disabilities Nine in ten (89%) people in Ireland agree that more should be done by employers to accommodate employees with disabilities, while one in five (21%) people say they have witnessed or directly experienced discrimination directly related to someone’s disability, according to a new national Amárach poll…

Commission to Appear as Amicus Curiae in Disability Rights Case The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (‘the Commission’) has been granted leave from the Court of Appeal to exercise its amicus curiae (‘friend of the court’) function in a case of a young boy with a disability. The case concerns a boy, anonymised in the case as…

Sinéad Gibney, Chief Commissioner of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (“The Commission”) will today outline to a gathering of over 250 public and private sector employers, trade unions, and civil society organisations that “migrant communities and minority ethnic groups, including the Traveller and Roma Communities, are overlooked and under-served in the Irish labour…

Commission Granted Right to Appear as Amicus Curiae in Case of Traveller Family Eviction The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (‘the Commission’) has today been granted leave from the Supreme Court to exercise its amicus curiae (‘friend of the court’) function in a case of the eviction of a Traveller family in County Clare. The case of…

Human Rights & Equality Commission Seeks Repeal of Offences Against the State Acts The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (the Commission) has recommended that the State abolish the Special Criminal Court, and declare that the ordinary courts are adequate to secure the effective administration of justice and the preservation of public peace and order….

The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (IHREC) has today published its recommendations to Government on the human rights and equality components of the redress scheme needed for survivors of Mother and Baby Homes. The Commission’s independent advice was submitted to Government in April 2021 on foot of an invitation from the Minister for Equality…

Ruling Quashes RSA Decision Refusing Driver Licences to Asylum Seekers The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (‘the Commission’) has welcomed as ‘very significant’ today’s High Court ruling on access to driving licences for people seeking international protection in Ireland. In the Judicial Review case before the High Court, in which the Commission acted as…

The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (the “Commission”) has welcomed the decision this week of the Irish Prison Service (IPS) to withdraw their appeal of a significant High Court judgment, which found that the IPS must provide reasonable accommodation to prison officers with disabilities. In the case Cunningham v Irish Prison Service, the Commission…

 Commission Appears as Amicus Curiae in Case Does a suspect have a right to be informed of the allegation against them ahead of being charged, so that they have a chance to explain their view of what happened? The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (‘the Commission’) has today argued before the Supreme Court that…