Press Releases

The IHRC publishes its submission to Government on Traveller ethnicity. In its submission, the IHRC recommends that the Government recognise Travellers as an ethnic minority group in the State in order to meet Ireland’s human rights obligations.  The submission builds on previous work of the IHRC including its 2004 discussion paper on the human rights…

In 2010, 12% of adults in Ireland said that they were discriminated against in the preceding two years, according to a new report published today (Friday 14 December) by the ESRI and the Equality Authority. The highest rates of reported discrimination were in recruitment (6%) and in the workplace (5%). In services, discrimination was highest…

IHRC welcomes Ireland’s election to Human Rights Council. The IHRC has welcomed the election yesterday in the UN General Assembly of Ireland with 18 other States to serve on the Human Rights Council, the United Nations key forum for tackling entrenched human rights concerns around the world. The IHRC stated that its election would allow…

The IHRC was today granted leave by the President of the High Court, to intervene as amicus curiae in the proceedings entitled Fleming v Ireland and the Attorney General. The Plaintiff in the proceedings is seeking to challenge the constitutionality of a provision of the criminal law, which makes it an offence to "aid, abet…

Applications must be made through the Public Appointments Service Full details and applications form are available here The Equality Authority is seeking an experienced Solicitor. Reporting to the Head of Legal Section the successful candidate will, amongst other things, be responsible for the management of legal casework. For further information please see the information booklet….

The Irish Human Rights Commission (IHRC) has expressed its concern at the findings of human rights abuses contained in the Report on an Inspection of St. Patrick’s Institution by the Inspector of Prisons Judge Michael Reilly released today. In his report, Judge Reilly instances a series of cases of abuse of young prisoners in St…

Vetting disclosures should be on a case by case basis The Irish Human Rights Commission (IHRC) today published its Observations on the National Vetting Bureau (Children and Vulnerable Adults) Bill 2012 ("The Vetting Bill"). The IHRC welcomes the establishment, on a statutory basis, of mandatory vetting for all people working with children and vulnerable adults….