Press Releases

The Irish Human Rights Commission (IHRC) today published its Observations on the Scheme of the Protected Disclosures in the Public Interest Bill 2012. In its Observations, the IHRC welcomes the introduction of the legislation as an important step to encourage identification of malpractice, but raises concern that the legislation may inadvertently put off potential whistleblowers….

Press Statement The Irish Human Rights Commission (IHRC) today welcomed the passing of a motion in the Dáil on 14 June that allows Ireland to ratify the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters (commonly referred to as the Aarhus…

The Irish Human Rights Commission (IHRC) today published its Observations on the Criminal Justice (Spent Convictions) Bill 2012. In its observations, the IHRC suggests that the proposed legislation is overly restrictive and will not assist in re-integrating people convicted of minor offences back into society and employment. The Observations were submitted to Mr Alan Shatter…

Date: 31 May – 1 June 2012 Venue: Strasbourg – Council of Europe, Agora Building Organised by: the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) of the Council of Europe Participants: representatives of member States’ independent authorities (specialised bodies) combating racism and discrimination on grounds of ethnic origin, colour, citizenship, religion and language (racial discrimination),…

The Irish Human Rights Commission (IHRC) today confirmed before the High Court that it will be intervening as amicus curiae in a case concerning the rights of a person defined as a "voluntary patient" under the Mental Health Act 2001, but who in fact was being treated in a locked ward which he could not…