Press Releases

The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (“the Commission”) at its plenary meeting of 10 March has set out the need for a sustained focus on the human rights and equality impacts of Russia’s attack on Ukraine. The Commission is proud as Ireland’s national human rights institution and national equality body to see the solidarity…

Two New Codes Published around International Women’s Day Two new statutory Code of Practice developed by the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (the ‘Commission’) have been launched to help eliminate pay inequality and tackle workplace harassment and sexual harassment. The new Codes, published in the week of International Women’s Day set out the procedures…

Council of Europe Report Spotlights State Action Required The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission has welcomed the publication today of updated recommendations by the European Commission Against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) which set out that that the State needs to do more to meet its human rights obligations on the provision of appropriate accommodation…

Commission Appears as Amicus Curiae & Publishes Legal Arguments The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (the ‘Commission’) has today appeared before the Supreme Court as amicus curiae (‘friend of the court’) in an important citizenship and children’s rights case. The case focuses on ‘UM’ who was born in Ireland and asserted Irish citizenship on the basis…

People being forced into the Courts by current bar, restaurant and club discrimination complaints procedures The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (the Commission) has recommended the urgent need to bring the complaints mechanism for a refusal to enter a licensed premises into line with other discrimination complaints. The Commission says the law, as it…

The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (The Commission) has today launched its new Strategy Statement 2022-2024 that identifies the five key priorities that will govern the Commission’s work for the next three years. This is the Commission’s third Strategy Statement since being established in 2014, and has been informed by a consultation process with…

 Commission Appears as Amicus Curiae in Disability Rights Case The way the HSE applies the 2005 Disability Act undermines rather than upholds disability rights in Ireland, the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (‘the Commission’) has told the Court of Appeal. Appearing as amicus curiae (‘friend of the court’), the Commission stated that the manner in which…

Commission to Appear as Amicus Curiae in Child Citizenship Case The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (the ‘Commission’) has today been permitted to bring its expertise to the Supreme Court by being granted an amicus curiae (‘friend of the court’) role in an important citizenship and children’s rights case. UM was born in Ireland and asserted…