Press Releases

The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission has welcomed the Government’s announcement that Ireland remains committed to accepting up to 4,000 people under resettlement and relocation programmes for those forced to leave their homes because of war and conflict. The Commission welcomes the establishment of a cross-departmental taskforce chaired by the Department of Justice and…

The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (“the Commission”) today notes the judgment of the Court of Appeal in the proceedings entitled McDonnell v. The Governor of Wheatfield Prison in which it appeared as amicus curiae (friend of the court). The Court of Appeal has overturned the finding of the High Court that the Applicant’s…

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…