Press Releases

Statement from the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (‘the Commission’) welcomes the open process for eight upcoming appointments to the Commission, now underway through the Public Appointments Service (PAS). In August, the Commission wrote to the Minister for Justice and Equality to emphasise that upcoming appointments to…

Commission Exercises Amicus Curiae in Supreme Court Case The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (the “Commission”) has today appeared before the Supreme Court as an amicus curiae (“friend of the court”) in a case focused on marriage and family rights. The Commission, in its legal submissions to the Supreme Court published today, has sought to assist the…

The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (“the Commission”) has today welcomed the State’s formal apology to women and their families impacted by the cervical smear controversy, enacted through a Dáil statement made by An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar T.D. The Taoiseach acknowledged the litany of failures and disrespectful treatment of women and their loved ones…

Discrimination against Disability in Employment Has Topped Public Contacts to the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission Every Year Since 2016 and is Rising Emily Logan, Chief Commissioner of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (“The Commission”) will today outline to a gathering of over 150 public and private sector employers, trade unions, people…

Joint Committee Established under Belfast (Good Friday) Agreement Discusses Brexit Rights Divergence Threat with the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights  UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet has been told that a generation of human rights and equality protections provided under the Belfast (Good Friday) Agreement must not be placed at risk post-Brexit….

The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (“the Commission”) has today announced the 28 organisations to be awarded a total of €350,000 in funding for projects under its Human Rights and Equality Grants Scheme 2019. Now in its fourth year, the 2019 grant programme awards small grants of up to €6,000 and general grants of…

Recommendations for Justice Cooperation that Prioritises Human Rights Protections Published by Joint Commission Established under Belfast (Good Friday) Agreement. 22nd August 2019 – A high level of North-South police cooperation is necessary for the safe enjoyment of human rights by all on the island of Ireland. This cooperation has been strongly underpinned by EU tools…

Decision finds Daft Media Limited ‘vicariously liable’ for online adverts, with likely implications for other Irish platforms hosting discriminatory content The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (‘the Commission’) has won its almost three-year long legal action against Daft Media Limited’s publication online of discriminatory rental adverts on its property website daft.ie. The website reports…