Press Releases

Serious Gaps in Human Rights Protection in Mental Health Act 2001 Press Release14 October 2011 The Irish Human Rights Commission (IHRC) today called for human rights standards to be at the core of the current review of the Mental Health Act 2001. In its submission to the Department of Health on the Proposed Review of […]

Press Statement10 October 2011 IHRC welcomes draft legislation to provide statutory protection to children and vulnerable people, and calls for further human rights safeguards The Irish Human Rights Commission (IHRC) today welcomed the publication of draft legislation on vetting as a necessary step in identifying people who may pose a threat to children or vulnerable […]

The Equality Authority welcomes reports from Geneva today that the Government is considering recognising the minority ethnic status of the Traveller Community. “The Equality Authority is heartened by this new approach to the recognition of the status of the Traveller Community by the Government and commends Minister Shatter’s initiative in this important area of concern. […]

The Irish Human Rights Commission (IHRC) was today present at Ireland’s examination on its human rights record by the UN Human Rights Council under the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) process. The IHRC welcomed the thorough scrutiny undertaken by Member States in the Human Rights Council of Ireland’s record, including the many expressions of support for […]

IHRC submits a Third Party Intervention to the European Court of Human Rights in the case O’Keefe v Ireland which involves the extent of State liability for the abuse of a school child by a primary school teacher.

  "Today’s announcement is something we have been expecting for some time. We are firmly of the view that a stand-alone Human Rights Commission offers the most suitable prospect for human rights protection in Ireland. However, I am personally reassured by the Minister for Justice’s statement that he is committed to enhancing and strengthening the […]

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