Press Releases

Imperative Department of Education actively pursues a fair and equal process for the system of calculated grades The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (“the Commission”) has set out to Minister for Education and Skills, Joe McHugh T.D. that the process for the planned system of school-based calculated grades must be fair and not exacerbate…

Responding to the publication today of the 3rd Policing Authority report on policing performance in relation to COVID-19, the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission has reiterated its concerns about the need for An Garda Síochána to provide disaggregated data on policing activity. The Commission wrote directly to Garda Commissioner Drew Harris on April 28th…

The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission has today contacted the Minister for Equality, Immigration, and Integration David Stanton T.D. about the management of a reported COVID-19 outbreak in the Skellig Star Direct Provision centre in Cahersiveen, Co. Kerry. It is reported that the Cahersiveen centre has experienced a serious outbreak of COVID-19 with 23…

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…