Press Releases

Council of Europe Findings on Housing in Ireland Sees State in Breach of its Obligations The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (“the Commission”) has welcomed today’s the Council of Europe’s finding that the State remains in breach of its obligations under the European Social Charter to provide appropriate accommodation to Travellers and social housing tenants…

Human Rights and Equality Commission Recommends Balancing of Competing Rights in New Law – Measures must be Legal, Necessary and Proportionate  The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (“The Commission”) has set out concerns that a new law being prepared to build online safety and strengthen media regulation, has no detail on the role or…

€350,000 programme will support projects to progress rights and combat racism Organisations from across Ireland who are working on issues of human rights and equality are invited to apply to the Human Rights and Equality Grant Scheme 2021-22, opening today. The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (“the Commission”) will award small grants of up…

 Commission Warns that Ireland Risks Failing People Who Have Been Smuggled Here Legislation necessary to bring Ireland in line with EU and UN standards on combatting the trafficking of human beings currently falls short on protecting people who have been smuggled, the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (“The Commission”) has told Oireachtas Members in…

Commission Provides Legal Representation to Woman in Labour Court Appeal The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (the Commission) has welcomed An Post’s decision to withdraw its appeal from the Labour Court, in a case centred on discriminatory conditions in a fixed-term contract. The Commission provided legal representation to the woman in the Labour Court,…

Consistent Political Commitment Now Needed to Deliver an Ambitious and Dignified International Protection System  The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission has welcomed the publication of the White Paper on Direct Provision. In December the Commission published its recommendations on the Government’s Direct Provision White Paper to the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and…

Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission/TCD Research Suggests Minorities and Young People Disproportionally impacted. “Delegation of legislative power to the Minister for Health has resulted in a black hole for the consideration of human rights and equality concerns” – Report New research published today by the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (the Commission) has…

Commission Granted Amicus Curiae Role in High Court Judicial Review The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (‘the Commission’) has been given permission by the High Court to exercise its amicus curiae (‘friend of the court’) function in a case where two asylum seekers are challenging the  National Driving Licence Service’s (NDLS) refusal to permit asylum…