Press Releases

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 […]

The Equality Authority has welcomed the European Parliament’s adoption of the proposals by Dutch Green MEP Kathalijne Buitenweg, which extends discrimination protection beyond the labour market to goods and services for the discrimination grounds of sexual orientation, disability, age and religion/belief. ‘Ireland has led the way in providing protection against discrimination and harassment for these […]

The Equality Authority has welcomed the recent decision to award €30,000 in compensation for discrimination. The award was made by the Equality Tribunal to Ms. Boyle in relation to her conditions of employment. It was awarded to her on grounds of gender, gender harassment and dismissal. Ms Boyle, who worked as a Housing Manager, was […]

The Equality Authority has sent a pre-budget letter to the Taoiseach in support of the community and voluntary sector which it sees as a vital part of our national equality infrastructure. The letter, which was also circulated to other members of Cabinet, underlines the value for money which the Government achieves through the funding of […]

IHRC calls for section 62 of the Housing Act 1966 to be amended to bring it into compliance with the European Convention on Human Rights The Irish Human Rights Commission (IHRC) in a policy statement published today expresses grave concern that the present law relating to the eviction of local authority tenants is not compliant […]

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