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Commission Exercises Amicus Curiae Role in Court of Appeal The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (‘the Commission’) has today appeared before the Court of Appeal as an amicus curiae (‘friend of the court’) in a case concerning the right of a person detained in a psychiatric institution to initiate a review of his detention. The […]

The passing of today’s formal Dáil motion on Ireland’s ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) has been met with a commitment to participation in the monitoring of the Convention by the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (“The Commission”). The Commission has marked today’s Dáil motion on ratification […]

Seven members, including five new members of the Commission have been nominated to the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (the ‘Commission’). Following an open competitive process run by the Public Appointments Service, the following seven individuals have been nominated for appointment by President Michael D. Higgins to the Commission, for a five-year term: Tony […]

Commission Exercised Amicus Curiae Role in Case The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (‘the Commission’) welcomes today’s final order of the Court of Appeal, in which it appeared as amicus curiae (“friend of the Court”). The case focused what it means to be a “voluntary patient” in a psychiatric hospital. The core issue in […]

The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (“the Commission”) has today published its formal input to the Commission on the Future of Policing in Ireland. The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission as Ireland’s National Human Rights and Equality body was invited to make its submission by the Commission on the Future of Policing in […]

The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (“the Commission”) has responded to findings published by the European Committee of Social Rights (ECSR) in its review of Ireland’s performance under the European Social Charter covering the years 2012 to 2015. The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission as Ireland’s National Human Rights and Equality body submitted […]

It is with deep sadness that the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (‘the Commission’) has learned of the death of former Justice Donal Barrington. Donal Barrington was a ground-breaking figure in the establishment of Ireland’s human rights framework. His lifelong passion for human rights and social justice shaped Ireland’s human rights environment, and his […]

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