Press Releases

The Joint Committee of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission and the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission has met at Stormont today. Established under the Belfast (Good Friday) Agreement to consider human rights issues in the island of Ireland, the Joint Committee has commissioned several pieces of research – the most recent of which…

Commission Provided Legal Representation to Man in His Case Against Sky Handling Partner Ltd. The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (‘the Commission’) has today welcomed the decision by the Workplace Relations Commission (“the WRC”) in the case of a man  who successfully challenged his dismissal from employment with Sky Handling Partner Ltd because he…

Commission Appears as Amicus Curiae in Case The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (‘the Commission’) has this week appeared before the Supreme Court as amicus curiae (‘friend of the court’) in a case that explores whether the procedures under which someone can be confined to a hospital or nursing home, and made a ward of court are…

Commission Provided Legal Representation to Man with Brain Tumour asked to leave a pub for appearing unsteady on his feet The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (the ‘Commission’) has welcomed the settlement secured in a case of a pub customer with a brain tumour who was asked to leave a pub where he had…

Commission to Appear as Amicus Curiae in Case The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (‘the Commission’) has today been granted liberty from the Supreme Court to exercise its amicus curiae (‘friend of the court’) function in an internationally significant case relating to the European Arrest Warrant system and an individual’s right to a fair trial. The…

Commission Provided Legal Representation to Refugee from Syria in Case Against High Street Bank The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (‘the Commission’) has today welcomed a significant decision by the Workplace Relations Commission (“the WRC”) in the case of a refugee who took a case against a bank for breach of the Equal Status…

Commission Appears as Amicus Curiae The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (‘the Commission’) has today appeared before the Supreme Court as amicus curiae (‘friend of the court’) in a significant case that is examining the right to silence when a person is questioned as part of a criminal investigation. The case (Sweeney v. Minister for…

Over 120 young people assisting the Commission in assessing Ireland’s performance against UN Obligations on Racial Discrimination The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (“The Commission”) is today hosting an event bringing together more than 120 young people from across Ireland to collect their experiences and ideas towards eliminating all forms of racial discrimination. The…

Commission Exercised Amicus Curiae Role in Case The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission is examining a judgment delivered today by the Court of Appeal in two joined family reunification cases. The Commission has acted as amicus curiae (friend of the court) in the cases. In its judgment, delivered by Ms. Justice Baker, the Court…