Press Releases

Policy Statement Sets Out Legal and Policy Changes Required On World Refugee Day on the 20th of June, the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (“the Commission”) has criticised the narrowing of access to family reunification for people granted international protection. The Commission has described the 2015 legislative changes as “retrogressive” and is seeking change. […]

Human Rights and Equality Commission and ESRI Publish Findings New research has shown that specific groups, including people with disabilities, lone mothers and young people, are among those facing the highest levels of discrimination and inequality in relation to housing in Ireland. The new study entitled “Discrimination and Inequality in Housing in Ireland” draws on […]

Commission Providing Legal Representation in Luxembourg to Men Who Sought to Challenge Age Discrimination  The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (‘the Commission’) has today appeared in Luxembourg before the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) for the first time in a case to determine whether the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) has the […]

Commission Provided Legal Representation The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (‘the Commission’) provided legal assistance to a family, including three children, in their successful challenge to the discrimination they faced due to their status as members of the Traveller community, in their application for social housing to their local County Council. The case focused […]

The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (“The Commission”) has welcomed legislative proposals published by Government to give practical effect to the existing right of children to be protected from discrimination in admission to schools, removing the effective “baptism barrier.” The Commission today welcomed the proposal, in line with its own recommendations in 2015 and […]

Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission Addresses Oireachtas Members  The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (“The Commission”) has told Members of the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Justice and Equality that the State has an important opportunity to address the long-running human rights issue of access to employment for asylum seekers, and warned that a […]

The EU Chief Negotiator on Brexit Michel Barnier has today met with the Joint Committee established under the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement to consider human rights issues on the island of Ireland. The meeting discussed the significant risks of differences in rights protections on a North-South basis following the UK’s EU Withdrawal. Representatives of the Joint Committee consisting of […]