Press Releases

IHRC calls for Stronger Human Rights Safeguards in DNA Database Legislation The Irish Human Rights Commission (IHRC) today published its observations on the Criminal Justice (Forensic Evidence and DNA Database System) Bill 2010. The IHRC calls for stronger human rights protection for people who will be affected by its provisions. The aim of the Bill…

The Irish Human Rights Commission (IHRC) today recommended to Government to introduce Mental Capacity legislation and review the Mental Health Act 2001 (2001 Act) to ensure the rights of Incapacitated Persons and Wards of Court are protected. These measures should now be taken to strengthen, protect and uphold the human rights of Incapacitated Persons and…

The Irish Human Rights Commission (IHRC) today welcomed the forthcoming Oireachtas debate on the Civil Partnership Bill 2009. The IHRC highlighted the issues raised by the proposed legislation in its Discussion Document on the Scheme of the Bill, which it published in December 2008. The IHRC examined the Scheme of the Bill following a referral…

The Equality Authority today welcomed two significant gender equality decisions from the Equality Tribunal and the Labour Court. ‘Gender discrimination particularly in the area of pregnancy, continues to be a source of concern to us after thirty two years of gender protection equality legislation’ said Renee Dempsey, CEO of the Equality Authority. ‘It is important…

The Equality Authority has not seen the ERA Report released to the media this morning. The Equality Authority rejects the allegation in the press release that it did not cooperate with the study. However, the reference in the press release to casework is erroneous and misleading. Approx 10% of all files termed casefiles in the…

“This case was about whether the State allows a privilege – the selling of alcohol – to a Registered Club which limits its membership to one gender. Since this case was initiated in 2003, the Equality Authority has worked with many clubs and individuals to achieve equal rights.” “The Equality Authority welcomes this decision and…