Press Releases

IHREC DESIGNATE CALLS FOR STRONGER HUMAN RIGHTS SAFEGUARDS IN DNA DATABASE LEGISLATION   The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission designate (IHREC designate) today published the Irish Human Rights Commission (IHRC’s) observations on the Criminal Justice (Forensic Evidence and DNA Database System) Bill 2013 (2013 Bill). The IHREC designate acknowledges the potential of a DNA […]

The Irish Human Rights Commission (IHRC) welcomes today’s Judgment of the Court of Justice of the European Union that the European Directive that requires European telecommunications providers to store details of all electronic communications for between six months to two years is invalid having regard to the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union. […]

The Irish Human Rights Commission (IHRC) today published its Observations on the Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Bill 2013. While welcoming the broad reforms outlined in the proposed legislation, the IHRC recommends that the Bill be reviewed so that it meets international human rights standards and fully respects the rights of people who require decision-making supports.  The […]

Today (March 21st) is the United Nations’ (UN) International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination and the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (IHREC) (designate) reaffirms its commitment to eliminating racism and all forms of racial discrimination. The IHREC designate will merge the functions of the Equality Authority and the Irish Human Rights Commission […]

The Irish Human Rights Commission (IHRC) noted the Opinion of the Advocate General of the Court of Justice of the European Union yesterday that the European Directive that requires European telecommunications providers to store details of all electronic communications for between six months to two years is not compatible with the Charter of Fundamental Rights […]

A new bespoke Human Rights Training Course for prison staff has been formally launched, today, by the Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence, Alan Shatter TD in the Irish Prison Service College in Portlaoise. The Training programme, which was jointly developed by the Irish Human Rights Commission (IHRC) in partnership with the Irish Prison Service, […]