Press Releases

The Equality Commission for Northern Ireland (ECNI) and the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission (NIHRC), along with the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (IHREC), today briefed the Assembly Committee for the Executive Office on their ongoing work on ensuring the protection of equality and human rights following Brexit. The ECNI Chief Commissioner, Geraldine McGahey,…

Bank of Ireland Takes Steps to Provide Access to Accounts for Asylum Seekers – Commission Calls on All High Street Banks to Follow The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission can confirm that following formal engagement with Bank of Ireland, the bank has agreed that it will accept State-issued documents for asylum seekers to be…

Commission Makes Recommendations to Minister and Oireachtas on Proposed Judicial Appointments Law The Attorney General as the Government’s Chief Legal Advisor should not have a role in the process to appoint new Judges, the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (‘The Commission’) has told the Minister for Justice and Oireachtas Members in a recommendations paper…

In the wake of the RTÉ Investigates programme detailing the collection of information on children with autism involved in legal challenges to the State for access to basic services, the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission calls today on the Department of Health to publish its independent review of the practice at the earliest possible…

Council of Europe Findings on Housing in Ireland Sees State in Breach of its Obligations The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (“the Commission”) has welcomed today’s the Council of Europe’s finding that the State remains in breach of its obligations under the European Social Charter to provide appropriate accommodation to Travellers and social housing tenants…

Human Rights and Equality Commission Recommends Balancing of Competing Rights in New Law – Measures must be Legal, Necessary and Proportionate  The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (“The Commission”) has set out concerns that a new law being prepared to build online safety and strengthen media regulation, has no detail on the role or…

€350,000 programme will support projects to progress rights and combat racism Organisations from across Ireland who are working on issues of human rights and equality are invited to apply to the Human Rights and Equality Grant Scheme 2021-22, opening today. The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (“the Commission”) will award small grants of up…

 Commission Warns that Ireland Risks Failing People Who Have Been Smuggled Here Legislation necessary to bring Ireland in line with EU and UN standards on combatting the trafficking of human beings currently falls short on protecting people who have been smuggled, the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (“The Commission”) has told Oireachtas Members in…