Press Releases

The EU Chief Negotiator on Brexit Michel Barnier has today met with the Joint Committee established under the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement to consider human rights issues on the island of Ireland. The meeting discussed the significant risks of differences in rights protections on a North-South basis following the UK’s EU Withdrawal. Representatives of the Joint Committee consisting of…

Commission Issues Formal Guidance for Employers and Employees The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (‘the Commission’) has today published new Guidelines for employers and employees to seek to ensure that older workers, who wish to continue in employment, are not discriminated against in workplaces in Ireland The Guidelines focus on the potential for discrimination…

Commission Exercises Amicus Role Following Supreme Court Approach The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (‘the Commission’) has today appeared before the Supreme Court as an amicus curiae (‘friend of the court’) in a case focusing on contempt of court issues. The case arises from a contempt of court ruling issued against an individual in the…

 Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission and ESRI Publish Findings New research, published today, has shown that attitudes to immigration in Ireland became more negative during the recession, and are now lower than the Western European average. Personal experience and social contact are found to promote positive attitudes to immigration and migrants in Ireland. The…

Commission Exercises Amicus Curiae Role in Court of Appeal The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (‘the Commission’) has today appeared before the Court of Appeal as an amicus curiae (‘friend of the court’) in a case concerning the right of a person detained in a psychiatric institution to initiate a review of his detention. The…

The passing of today’s formal Dáil motion on Ireland’s ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) has been met with a commitment to participation in the monitoring of the Convention by the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (“The Commission”). The Commission has marked today’s Dáil motion on ratification…