Press Releases

IHRC calls for comprehensive policy to protect the rights of all people in places of detention The Irish Human Rights Commission (IHRC) today published its report to the UN Committee Against Torture on the examination of Ireland’s first National Report to the Committee. The IHRC is calling for a comprehensive policy to protect the rights […]

The IHRC welcomes the judgment today of the President of the High Court in ED v. DPP, in which he found Section 12 of the Immigration Act 2004 to be unconstitutional. The legislation allows a non-national to be prosecuted for failing to produce a passport or similar identification to a member of An Garda Síochána […]

The Irish Human Rights Commission (IHRC) today published its report to the United Nations (UN) on Ireland’s overall human rights record, calling for immediate action to address serious gaps in human rights protections. Ireland will be examined for the first time on its record on all of its human rights obligations under a new UN […]

The Irish Human Rights Commission (IHRC) today strongly welcomed the concluding comments of the United Nations (UN) Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) on Ireland’s record on combating racial discrimination. The UN CERD Committee examined Ireland’s 3rd and 4th combined periodic reports on its efforts to meet its human rights obligations under the […]

Court of Justice rules that parents of dependent child citizens of the European Union may not be refused a right of residence Case C 34/09 Gerardo Ruiz Zambrano v Office national de l’emploi (ONEM) 8 March 2011 The Court of Justice ruled that: "[EU law] precludes a Member State from refusing a third country national […]

‘The centenary of International Women’s Day is an historic milestone on the journey towards equality for women. While much progress has been made on securing greater rights for women, there are still barriers preventing women from having the same opportunities as men in a range of areas’ said Renee Dempsey, CEO of the Equality Authority. […]

Dr Maurice Manning, President of the Irish Human Rights Commission (IHRC) addressed the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination on Wednesday 23 February 2011. Dr Manning called on the Irish State to produce an adequately resourced National Action Plan on Human Rights that would coherently and systematically combat racial discrimination, and involve the […]