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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…

The Irish Human Rights Commission (IHRC) today welcomed the publication of the Report of the Forum on Patronage and Pluralism in the Primary Sector and in particular recommendations that will lead to a greater diversity in school type in Ireland. Dr Maurice Manning, President of the IHRC said "the report is extremely detailed and the…

The Irish Human Rights Commission (IHRC) has granted legal representation to a family member of a man who died while on temporary release from prison to appear before the Coroners Court. In granting the legal representation, the IHRC took into account that the State has no formal system for granting legal aid to next of…

This report examines disadvantages faced by members of groups identified by the nine grounds covered by the Equality Acts. This comprehensive analysis was made possible by access to the full Census 2006 Research Micro-data File. For the first time in Ireland, we were able to examine in a single study the consequences of membership across…

The Irish Human Rights Commission (IHRC) today told the United Nations Human Rights Council that progress on implementing the recommendations set out in the Report on Ireland’s Universal Periodic Review should underscore Ireland’s application for membership of the Human Rights Council. In its oral and written presentations, the IHRC drew the Human Rights Council’s attention…

The Irish Human Rights Commission (IHRC) today made a third party submission to the European Court of Human Rights in the case of Magee v Ireland (Application no. 53743/09) as amicus curiae. The case concerns the denial of legal aid for inquest proceedings to the mother of a man who died in Garda Custody in…