Press Releases

Focus on Human Rights and Equality Considerations The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (“The Commission”) will today (8th July) address the Citizens’ Assembly in its function as the national human rights and equality body for Ireland, to outline human rights and equality considerations to the Citizens’ Assembly deliberations on “How we best respond to […]

Second Annual Report to the Houses of the Oireachtas Report highlights – key legal interventions by Commission; almost 1800 concerns raised by public to the Commission; public bodies warned of legal obligations; statutory role in shaping Irish legislation, direct engagement with regional and international monitoring mechanisms in the form of the Council of Europe and […]

The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (“The Commission”) welcomes today’s Supreme Court judgment in the case Kim Cahill v. Minister for Education and Science. The test case focused on the nature of the duties owed by the Minister for Education towards students with disabilities, and in particular the scope of the duty to make […]

The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (“The Commission”) is very pleased to announce the appointment of Laurence Bond as its new Director, following an open recruitment process carried out by The Public Appointments Service (PAS). Emily Logan, Chief Commissioner of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission said: “It is a great pleasure to […]

The contribution of older persons in providing key supports to their extended family and communities, such as financial assistance, childcare and volunteering, evidenced by the 2017 Longitudinal Study on Ageing (TILDA) has been highlighted by the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (“The Commission”) in its submission to the Citizens’ Assembly on the human rights […]

The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (“the Commission”) has today published a notification about the application of blanket anonymity rules to decisions of the Workplace Relations Commission (“the WRC”). The Commission’s notification makes clear that there is no statutory requirement that all decisions of the WRC arising from complaints of discrimination be published in […]

The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (‘the Commission’) has welcomed the judgment of the Court of Appeal in Culkin v Sligo County Council, in which the Commission appeared in its independent role as amicus curiae (‘friend of the court’). Mr. Culkin had brought both a complaint of discrimination before the former Equality Tribunal (now […]

Ten years after Ireland signed the key International Treaty on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (“the Commission”) is calling on the State to explain, to people with disabilities, the continuing delay in Ireland’s ratification. Ireland today stands alone as the last remaining EU Member State, and among […]