Press Releases

IHREC submits observations to Oireachtas on the International Protection Bill 2015 Commission strongly recommends implementation of Working Group on Direct Provision proposals without delay The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (IHREC) has circulated its legislative observations to members of the Oireachtas and the Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald TD on the General […]

In November 2014, the Equality Tribunal found that Micheline Sheehy-Skeffington had been discriminated against for promotion due to her gender. Her employer, NUI Galway, was ordered to pay €70,000 in damages and also to carry out a review of its practices in this area and report to the Commission within a year. The Equality Tribunal […]

  UN Committee urges Irish State to phase out austerity measures and restore pre-crisis levels of public services Ireland’s response to crisis “disproportionately focused” on public expenditure cuts in housing, social security, health care and education State urged to incorporate economic, social and cultural rights into domestic law Persons with disabilities should see cuts under […]

The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission has welcomed the recent settlement of the appeal to the Circuit Court by the Department of Social Protection (‘the Department’) of the decision of the Equality Tribunal in the case of Noreen McQuaid v. Department of Social Protection. The IHREC provided legal representation to Ms McQuaid in respect […]

Commission independently reports to UN Committee on State’s performance in progressing human rights The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission today formally launched its submission to the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. Chief Commissioner Emily Logan said the Commission’s first report as an independent legal entity would assist the UN Committee in […]

The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission today said the High Court decision concerning a request for the extradition of an Irish Citizen to the United States has clarified the relevance of constitutional rights to issues such as solitary confinement. The High Court refused the request for extradition on the basis that there is a […]

The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission has led a project for the past number of years to strengthen the capacity of NHRIs in Sierra Leone and Malawai in their remit to protect and promote human rights. This project is supported by Irish Aid and encourages exchange of good practices and joint initiatives that support […]

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