Press Releases

Commission calls for equal treatment and an end to punishment of victims The second National Anti-Trafficking Report of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (‘the Commission’) as Ireland’s National Rapporteur on Human Trafficking was published today at an event which saw Europe’s leading anti-trafficking figures from the Council of Europe, European Parliament, OSCE and…

Commission Exercised Amicus Curiae Role in Supreme Court Case The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (the “Commission”) welcomes an important Supreme Court judgment in a criminal case on whether the reversal of the burden of proof onto an accused person is permissible on the “balance of probabilities” having regard to the constitutional guarantee of a right…

The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (the “Commission”) has provided legal representation to a person involved in a case before the Workplace Relations Commission under the Equal Status Acts regarding a complaint of discrimination on the housing assistance ground. The discrimination related to a considerable delay by a management company in submitting the required…

Commission Calls for Establishment of National Planning Unit for Care   The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (the Commission), today published its policy statement on Care. Our policy statement, which includes over 40 recommendations, aims to inform Government, the Oireachtas and the wider public sector of the relevant and emerging human rights and equality…

The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (“the Commission”) has provided legal assistance to a disabled woman in a discrimination claim under the Equal Status Acts. The woman alleged that a State body had failed to provide her with transport that would have enabled her to avail of its services on an equal footing with…

The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (‘the Commission’) has today published a second set of recommendations to Government as part of ongoing engagement with the Review of the Equality Acts, including the Equal Status Acts 2000-2018 and the Employment Equality Acts 1998-2015. As Ireland’s national equality body, the Commission is recommending that equality legislation be…

The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (“the Commission”) has provided legal assistance to a person involved in a complaint in the Workplace Relations Commission under the Employment Equality Act regarding indirect discrimination. The discrimination related to specific eligibility criteria that was required to be satisfied in order for the applicant to be considered for…

The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (‘the Commission’) welcomes an important decision by the Workplace Relations Commission (‘WRC’) in relation to a third level educational institute’s failure to provide equal access to a course. The Commission provided legal representation in the case. The complainant, Sofiya Kalinova, who is deaf, contacted Griffith College about enrolling…

Commission welcomes Criminal Justice (Sexual Offences and Human Trafficking) Bill 2023 The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission has today welcomed the publication of the Criminal Justice (Sexual Offences and Human Trafficking) Bill 2023, that will, for the first time, put into law an identification and support process for victims of trafficking and will strengthen…

The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (“the Commission”) has today raised concern to the Council of Europe, challenging State provision of Traveller accommodation, and highlighting the State’s obligations under Article 16 of the Revised European Social Charter. Traveller accommodation planning and provision also remains incoherent and inadequate, in the absence of an independent authority…