Press Releases

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 […]

Thursday (30th March) will see the inaugural meeting of the new Worker and Employer Advisory Committee established by the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (“The Commission”) to advise the Commission on issues relation to human rights and equality in the workplace, and in service provision. The Advisory Committee which is made up of worker […]

The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (‘the Commission’) has appeared before the Court of Appeal in proceedings concerning the relationship between claims of discrimination and claims of personal injuries arising from the workplace. The Commission was granted liberty to appear as amicus curiae (‘friend of the court’) in Culkin v Sligo County Council in […]

The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (“the Commission”) has today welcomed the establishment of a Commission of Investigation into certain issues relating to a former foster home in the South East, and has emphasised that the mechanism should be independent and transparent, and has highlighted the importance of the participation of victims and ensuring […]

UN CEDAW Committee ‘Concluding Observations’ reflect crucial gaps in Ireland’s compliance with international obligations highlighted to the UN by the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission. The United Nations CEDAW Committee, which leads on combatting discrimination against women, has today published its comprehensive assessment of Ireland’s record on women’s rights and equality. The UN’s ‘Concluding […]

The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (“the Commission”) has today welcomed the State’s recognition of Traveller ethnicity, enacted through a Dáil statement made by An Taoiseach Enda Kenny T.D. Chief Commissioner of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission Emily Logan, who alongside Commission Member David Joyce, addressed the Oireachtas Justice and Equality Committee […]

The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (“the Commission”) is the independent statutory authority in Ireland mandated to protect and promote human rights and equality and to encourage the development of a culture of respect for human rights, equality and intercultural understanding in the State. The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission welcomes the decision […]

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