Press Releases

Grants Focus on promoting Intercultural relations and supporting implementation of the public-sector equality and human rights duty The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (“the Commission”) has today announced the 32 organisations awarded funding for projects under its Human Rights and Equality Grants Scheme 2017. The grant awards include support for research, education and training […]

Human Rights and Equality Commission/ESRI Publish Discrimination Findings Almost one in eight people in Ireland report that they have experienced discrimination over the preceding two years. A new study which draws on a large, nationally representative survey taken from CSO data of responses from 15,000 adults has found that discrimination is felt acutely among specific […]

The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (‘the Commission’) notes that a significant decision today in a legal case on the quality of social housing in Ireland raises serious concerns in relation to Ireland’s social housing provision, and requires urgent action by the Government and Local Authorities. The European Committee of Social Rights (ECSR) found […]

Commission to Appear as Amicus Curiae in Case The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (‘the Commission’) has today been granted liberty by the Court of Appeal to exercise its amicus curiae (‘friend of the court’) function in an important case relating to the right of persons detained in mental health hospitals to challenge orders (‘renewal orders’) authorising […]

The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (‘the Commission’) welcomes the publication today, alongside Budget 2018, of a policy paper on Equality Budgeting by the Minister for Finance and Public Expenditure & Reform. The publication shows progress in setting out, for the first time, a focused approach to equality budgeting in the 2018 budgetary cycle. Minister […]

 The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (“The Commission”) will today appear before the Oireachtas Joint-Committee on the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution. The Commission has been invited to appear before the Joint-Committee, in its role as the independent national human rights and equality body for Ireland, directly accountable to the Oireachtas. The Commission’s functions as set out […]

Commission exercised amicus function in ‘P Case’ focused on protection regime The Council of Europe report on Ireland’s action against trafficking in human beings, has pointed to continued State failings in actions to identify and sufficiently protect trafficking victims in Ireland. Ireland’s compliance with the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings […]

Commission Provided Legal Representation to Family  The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (the ‘Commission’) welcomes the decision by Donegal County Council to agree to quash its decision to defer housing support to a Traveller family, including two children with serious medical needs, who have been living in the County without basic facilities, including running […]

The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (‘the Commission’) welcomes the detailed examination of Ireland by the UN Committee against Torture (‘the UN Committee’) which took place in Geneva in July, and the associated “concluding observations” published on the 11th August, which offer detailed  recommendations to the State. The Commission, as Ireland’s national human rights […]

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