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The Supreme Court today dismissed the appeal in the case of Marie Fleming v Ireland and the Attorney General in which the Irish Human Rights Commission (IHRC) had appeared as amicus curiae after liberty was granted to it to so appear by the Court.  The case involved a challenge to the law criminalising assisted suicide….

  The Irish Human Rights Commission (IHRC) will, today, appear before the Supreme Court as Amicus Curiae (friend of the Court) in a case concerning assisted suicide. The case, brought by Marie Fleming, was originally heard in the High Court in November 2012. The Plaintiff, who is in the final stages of multiple sclerosis and…

Human rights law demands that the welfare of the child is the primary consideration The Irish Human Rights Commission (IHRC) welcomes the provision of a house by a local authority to a lone parent and her three children, including two with special needs. The family, who are members of the Traveller community, recently moved into…

The Irish Human Rights Commission (IHRC) welcomes the publication today of the report of the Inter-Departmental Committee on the Magdalene Laundries which has established significant State involvement in Magdalene Laundries. The IHRC will now consider this very detailed report in light of its previous 2010 report and recommendations. The Government decision to establish the Committee…

“Selected Issues in Irish Equality Case Law 2008-2011” will be launched by Mr. Alan Shatter T.D. Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence at the offices of the Equality Authority, 2 Clonmel Street, Dublin on Monday 4th February at 11.30. The Equality Authority commissioned David Fennelly BL to examine key issues in the effectiveness of the…

For Immediate Release Equality Authority Endorses Anti-Bullying Programme based on the protections of Equality Legislation The Equality Authority welcomes the action plan announced today by Ministers Ruairi Quinn and Frances Fitzgerald to combat bullying in schools. Minister Quinn commented that “it’s important that we recognise that bullying behaviour sometimes stems from prejudice – from racism,…

The IHRC has been granted permission by the Supreme Court to appear as amicus curiae or ‘friend of the court’ in Fleming v Attorney General which is expected to be heard in February 2013.

Black Africans have the highest rate of unemployment and the lowest rate of employment; this group also reports the highest rates of discrimination both in the workplace and when looking for work. According to a report published today (Wednesday 16th January) by the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) and the Equality Authority, immigrants did…

People with a disability are substantially less likely to be active in the labour market and are more likely to experience discrimination. In 2010, working-age people with a disability were less than half as likely to be active in the labour market (36% compared to 77% of other adults) and had a considerably higher unemployment…