Press Releases

Call for Projects to Promote Access to Rights and Access to Justice Launching today, organisations across Ireland working on issues of human rights and equality are being invited to apply to the Human Rights and Equality Grant Scheme 2020. The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (“the Commission”) will award small grants of up to…

Legislative Change Needed to Enforce Equal Pay, and State Must Address High Childcare Costs Blocking Parents from Workplaces  The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (“the Commission”) has today recommended to the Citizen Assembly that significant State action is needed to break down barriers to achieving gender equality in Ireland. Among its recommendations, the Commission…

 Mother is Second Asylum Seeker Subjected to Discrimination in Driver Licence Refusal – Commission Provided Legal Representation to Both. Following a legal challenge by the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (“the Commission”) to the discriminatory approach of a drivers licence agency, a second legal ruling in less than a month finds the statutory agency…

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 two cases involving family reunification for naturalised refugees. The legal submissions presented by the Commission to the Supreme Court, published today, focused on the right to family unity as…

Asylum Seeker Left Disappointed However As State Seeks to Appeal Ruling The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (“the Commission”) has welcomed as significant the decision of the Workplace Relations Commission (“the WRC”) in a case of an asylum seeker who was refused a learner driver licence. The Commission provided legal representation to the man…

Commission Exercised Amicus Role in the Supreme Court The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (“the Commission”) has welcomed today’s significant Supreme Court judgment which sets out how separated parents exercising joint custody of their children should be treated when applying for social housing assistance under the Housing Act 2009. The Supreme Court today ruled…

UN Committee Identifies Priority Matters for State Action on Eliminating Racism The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (‘the Commission’) has welcomed the publication today of the UN’s detailed recommendations on the action Ireland needs to take to meet its obligations under the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (CERD). Ireland…

Ireland’s Rights Record on Combatting Racial Discrimination Under International Scrutiny The State is failing to sufficiently tackle racism and discrimination and to live up to its international human rights obligations in combatting racial discrimination, a new report from the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (“the Commission”) to the UN sets out today. The comprehensive…