Press Releases

Commission as Amicus Curiae Submits That Current Law Interferes with Constitutional Rights The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (‘the Commission’) has today appeared remotely before the Supreme Court as amicus curiae (‘friend of the court’) in a high-profile Supreme Court case (Ali Charaf Damache v the Minister for Justice and Equality) which focuses on the…

The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (the Commission) has today welcomed the stated commitment in the Programme for Government to end Direct Provision and replace it with a new International Protection accommodation policy centred on a not-for-profit approach. Dr. Frank Conaty, Acting Chief Commissioner of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission stated: “We…

The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (‘the Commission’) has today welcomed the Government’s recommendation of eight new Commission Members to be proposed for appointment to serve on the Commission. The eight new Commission Members proposed are: Jim Clarken, CEO of Oxfam Ireland Michael Finucane, Solicitor Adam Harris, CEO and founder of AsIAm Kathleen Lynch,…

 High Court Points to “Paradigm Shift” in the Way Disability is Viewed in Irish Workplaces The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (the “Commission”) has welcomed as “significant” today’s High Court judgment in a case examining the rights of persons with disabilities to have reasonable workplace accommodations made to facilitate their work. The case looked…

Imperative Department of Education actively pursues a fair and equal process for the system of calculated grades The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (“the Commission”) has set out to Minister for Education and Skills, Joe McHugh T.D. that the process for the planned system of school-based calculated grades must be fair and not exacerbate…

Responding to the publication today of the 3rd Policing Authority report on policing performance in relation to COVID-19, the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission has reiterated its concerns about the need for An Garda Síochána to provide disaggregated data on policing activity. The Commission wrote directly to Garda Commissioner Drew Harris on April 28th…

The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission has today contacted the Minister for Equality, Immigration, and Integration David Stanton T.D. about the management of a reported COVID-19 outbreak in the Skellig Star Direct Provision centre in Cahersiveen, Co. Kerry. It is reported that the Cahersiveen centre has experienced a serious outbreak of COVID-19 with 23…

Call for Projects to Promote Access to Rights and Access to Justice Launching today, organisations across Ireland working on issues of human rights and equality are being invited to apply to the Human Rights and Equality Grant Scheme 2020. The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (“the Commission”) will award small grants of up to…

Legislative Change Needed to Enforce Equal Pay, and State Must Address High Childcare Costs Blocking Parents from Workplaces  The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (“the Commission”) has today recommended to the Citizen Assembly that significant State action is needed to break down barriers to achieving gender equality in Ireland. Among its recommendations, the Commission…