Press Releases

Commission Provided Legal Representation to Refugee from Syria in Case Against High Street Bank The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (‘the Commission’) has today welcomed a significant decision by the Workplace Relations Commission (“the WRC”) in the case of a refugee who took a case against a bank for breach of the Equal Status…

Commission Appears as Amicus Curiae The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (‘the Commission’) has today appeared before the Supreme Court as amicus curiae (‘friend of the court’) in a significant case that is examining the right to silence when a person is questioned as part of a criminal investigation. The case (Sweeney v. Minister for…

Over 120 young people assisting the Commission in assessing Ireland’s performance against UN Obligations on Racial Discrimination The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (“The Commission”) is today hosting an event bringing together more than 120 young people from across Ireland to collect their experiences and ideas towards eliminating all forms of racial discrimination. The…

Commission Exercised Amicus Curiae Role in Case The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission is examining a judgment delivered today by the Court of Appeal in two joined family reunification cases. The Commission has acted as amicus curiae (friend of the court) in the cases. In its judgment, delivered by Ms. Justice Baker, the Court…

Eliminating the use of discriminatory rhetoric and hate speech in political campaigning should be part of the mandate of any new electoral commission, alongside promoting broad and equal participation in the electoral process, the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (“The Commission”) has stated today. The Commission has today published its recommendations to Government on…

The human rights and equality impacts of Brexit on people and bodies operating across the border will be heard today in Armagh as the Joint Committee of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission and the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission meets with the police forces, probation services, politicians and civil society groups. The joint…

Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission Appears Before Supreme Court as Amicus Curiae The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (‘the Commission’) has today appeared before the Supreme Court to exercise its amicus curiae (‘friend of the court’) function in a significant case on the rights of persons with disabilities to have reasonable accommodations made in…

Human Rights and Equality Commission Welcomes the State’s ratification of Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combatting violence against women The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (“the Commission”) has today welcomed the State’s ratification of the Council of Europe’s Istanbul Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence. The Commission…

€350,000 Programme Will Support Projects to Advance Economic and Social Rights Across Housing, Health and Decent Work Organisations across Ireland who work on issues of human rights and equality are being invited to apply to the Human Rights and Equality Grant Scheme 2019. The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (“the Commission”) will award small…

Ireland Secures Chair of Forty-Four Member Human Rights Network The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (“the Commission”) will today take on the Chair of the European Network of National Human Rights Institutions (ENNHRI) representing forty-four national human rights bodies across Council of Europe Member States. Chief Commissioner Emily Logan, representing the Commission, will take…