Press Releases

Dr. Angela Kerins, Chairperson, and members of the Board of the Equality Authority, will hold their first Board meeting at Birchgrove House, Roscrea, Co. Tipperary on Tuesday 16th June, 2009 . This will be followed by a reception for clients and stakeholders of the Equality Authority at 2.30 p.m. The reception will mark the inaugural […]

The Irish Human Rights Commission (IHRC) today warmly welcomed the opening for signature of Protocol No. 14bis to the European Convention on Human Rights which is aimed at reducing delays and enabling the European Court of Human Rights to clear its backlog and ultimately to hear cases more quickly. Protocol 14bis was recently adopted by […]

The Equality Authority today (Tuesday 19 May) approved the appointment of Renee Dempsey as Chief Executive Officer. The appointment was made following an open, public and competitive process, managed on behalf of the Authority by the Public Appointments Service. She will take up her position in early June. Ms Dempsey has been head of the […]

“Tackling ageism in the workplace or in accessing goods and services is not necessarily a costly matter. It is about changing attitudes to our older people. The first attitude change is the responsibility of each one of us. The Say No To Ageism campaign this year not only asks ‘what is your attitude to ageism?’ […]

Field Study Reveals Strong Discrimination Against Job Applicants with non-Irish names Job applicants with identifiably non-Irish names are less than half as likely to be called for interview as those with typical Irish names, according to a groundbreaking experiment. The research, the first of its kind to be conducted in Ireland, found a similar level […]

The Irish Human Rights Commission (IHRC) today welcomed the placement of surveillance powers on a statutory footing through the Criminal Justice (Surveillance) Bill 2009 (2009 Bill). However, the IHRC believes that while there are many positive aspects to the Bill further safeguards may be needed to bring the Bill fully in line with human rights […]

The Irish Human Rights Commission (IHRC) is gravely concerned at the findings of a report published today by the EU’s Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA), which shows Ireland among the worst of all the EU countries when it comes to victims of racial discrimination and abuse. The EU-wide survey, which is the first ever survey of […]

The Irish Human Rights Commission (IHRC), today, launched "Human Rights Compliance of An Garda Síochána" a policy statement outlining its recommendations to An Garda Síochána on the pressing reforms needed to become a more human rights compliant police service. While welcoming positive initiatives under way, the IHRC was concerned at the slow pace of progress […]

IHRC calls for Extension of Spent Convictions Scheme to Rehabilitate more People who have had a Minor Criminal Conviction The Irish Human Rights Commission (IHRC), today, published its observations on the Spent Convictions Bill 2007. While offering a strong welcome for the proposed system under which people convicted of a minor offence do not have […]

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