Press Releases

In June, 2015, the Commission made a presentation to the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, in which it raised serious concerns regarding access and availability of affordable housing in the State and made specific recommendations to remedy the situation. In addition, the Commission, through its work and contact with individuals, is very…

Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission publish Submission to the United Nations Human Rights Council The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission has published its Submission to the UN Human Rights Council for the Second Universal Periodic Review Cycle for Ireland. Ireland was last reviewed by the UN Human Rights Council under the Universal Periodic…

Commission holds consultation with public, community groups, and NGOs Nationwide meetings at eight locations over four weeks Submissions to inform Commission’s strategy on human rights and equality The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (IHREC) continues its first nationwide public consultation and will hold its next meeting in Dublin on Thursday 1st October. The Commission…

The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission has welcomed the Government’s announcement that Ireland remains committed to accepting up to 4,000 people under resettlement and relocation programmes for those forced to leave their homes because of war and conflict. The Commission welcomes the establishment of a cross-departmental taskforce chaired by the Department of Justice and…

The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (“the Commission”) today notes the judgment of the Court of Appeal in the proceedings entitled McDonnell v. The Governor of Wheatfield Prison in which it appeared as amicus curiae (friend of the court). The Court of Appeal has overturned the finding of the High Court that the Applicant’s…

IHREC submits observations to Oireachtas on the International Protection Bill 2015 Commission strongly recommends implementation of Working Group on Direct Provision proposals without delay The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (IHREC) has circulated its legislative observations to members of the Oireachtas and the Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald TD on the General…

In November 2014, the Equality Tribunal found that Micheline Sheehy-Skeffington had been discriminated against for promotion due to her gender. Her employer, NUI Galway, was ordered to pay €70,000 in damages and also to carry out a review of its practices in this area and report to the Commission within a year. The Equality Tribunal…