Press Releases

Consistent Political Commitment Now Needed to Deliver an Ambitious and Dignified International Protection System  The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission has welcomed the publication of the White Paper on Direct Provision. In December the Commission published its recommendations on the Government’s Direct Provision White Paper to the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and…

Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission/TCD Research Suggests Minorities and Young People Disproportionally impacted. “Delegation of legislative power to the Minister for Health has resulted in a black hole for the consideration of human rights and equality concerns” – Report New research published today by the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (the Commission) has…

Commission Granted Amicus Curiae Role in High Court Judicial Review The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (‘the Commission’) has been given permission by the High Court to exercise its amicus curiae (‘friend of the court’) function in a case where two asylum seekers are challenging the  National Driving Licence Service’s (NDLS) refusal to permit asylum…

Draft ‘Dying with Dignity’ Law Needs Significant Change to Be in Line with Essential Human Rights and Equality Protections. Any law governing physician-assisted dying must be informed by human rights and equality standards, including close consultation with at risk groups, the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (the Commission) has told Oireachtas Members. The Commission…

Proactive engagement needed to address human rights and equality concerns before they become problems People with disabilities are still being left behind, and excluded from decision-making, when it comes to COVID-19 planning by the State, the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission has today warned. The recent issue of school closures and disabled students’ specific…