Press Releases

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, […]

Three day Irish Human Rights Commission and Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights International Conference on Human Rights Education & Training for the Civil and Public Service commences in Dublin Castle 3-5 December 2013. Representatives from national and local government, law enforcement, national human rights institutions and civil society from more than […]

The Irish Human Rights Commission (IHRC) today made a formal presentation to the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Education and Social Protection to retain Civic, Social and Political Education (CSPE) as a compulsory state examinable subject in the Junior Cycle to ensure that Ireland continues to adequately meet its human rights obligations to provide education that […]

The Equality Authority and the Irish Human Rights Commission (IHRC) today both made formal presentations to the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Justice, Defence and Equality calling on the State to recognise Travellers as an ethnic minority. Both organisations have recommended to Government in the past to recognise Travellers as an ethnic group. It has been […]

he Equality Authority welcomes the commitment by the Government to hold a referendum on marriage equality. The Authority has been to the forefront for over a decade in informing this debate with its publications on ‘Implementing Equality for LGB people’ in 2002 and further studies on the differences in rights for same sex couple in […]

The Equality Authority and the Irish Human Rights Commission (IHRC) took part in a unique launch today of their Annual Reports for 2012, pending their merger into the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission next year. Both Reports were launched by Minister for Justice and Equality Alan Shatter TD in the presence of the Lord […]

The Irish Human Rights Commission (IHRC) today published its Observations on the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill 2013. These Observations are structured to review the provisions of the Bill against first the Constitutional standards and then the relevant international human rights standards including the European Convention on Human Rights, to which Ireland is party. […]