Press Releases

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 […]

Commission Issues Formal Guidance for Employers and Employees The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (‘the Commission’) has today published new Guidelines for employers and employees to seek to ensure that older workers, who wish to continue in employment, are not discriminated against in workplaces in Ireland The Guidelines focus on the potential for discrimination […]

Commission Exercises Amicus Role Following Supreme Court Approach 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 focusing on contempt of court issues. The case arises from a contempt of court ruling issued against an individual in the […]

 Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission and ESRI Publish Findings New research, published today, has shown that attitudes to immigration in Ireland became more negative during the recession, and are now lower than the Western European average. Personal experience and social contact are found to promote positive attitudes to immigration and migrants in Ireland. The […]