Press Releases

‘The Equality Authority’s vision for an equal society is clear and strong and we will pursue this with leadership, passion and vigour’, said its Chairperson Angela Kerins, at the launch of the Equality Authority’s fourth Strategic Plan today. ‘The doors of the Equality Authority are wide open and we welcome all those who have an […]

The Irish Human Rights Commission (IHRC) supports the recent call by the Ombudsman, Emily O’Reilly, for the extension of her remit to include oversight of the asylum, immigration and naturalisation processes. The Ombudsman made her call last week when launching a report by the Women’s Health Council into gender-based violence against minority ethnic women in […]

The Irish Human Rights Commission (IHRC) is aware that concerns have been raised in relation to the sourcing of the bodies used in the exhibition entitled "Bodies" including by Gay Mitchell MEP. The IHRC’s initial review of the legislation and relevant human rights standards, indicates that this issue raises questions about the balance between the […]

The Irish Human Rights Commission (IHRC) was today granted leave to appear before the High Court as an amicus curiae or ‘friend of the court’ in the proceedings entitled McCann v Judge of Monaghan District Court and others. The proceedings concern the issue of imprisonment for civil debt under the Enforcement of Court Orders Acts […]

IHRC calls for tighter safeguards to Irish immigration law and practice to meet human rights standards in light of the treatment of a visitor refused leave to land in Ireland The Irish Human Rights Commission (IHRC), today, published its second enquiry report. The report, which examined the treatment of a visitor refused leave to land […]

Adequate services and supports should be State’s response rather than criminalising very vulnerable people for begging The Irish Human Rights Commission (IHRC) today expressed grave concern about draft legislation which includes a fine of up to €700 and /or a month in prison for people who engage in "persistent" begging. The IHRC said that the […]

The Board of the Equality Authority having fulfilled the terms set out under the Employment Equality Acts has appointed Richard Fallon as Acting Chief Executive Officer. The Act empowers the Authority to appoint a member of its staff to fulfil this important role in the event of an absence or vacancy, and agreed that Mr […]

Mr John Shaw, President of the Law Society of Ireland and Dr Maurice Manning, President of the Irish Human Rights Commission officially opened Human Rights – Framed by Young People, an exhibition of Human Rights Posters by Civil, Social and Political Education (CSPE) students (12-16 years), to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration […]

The Board of the Equality Authority met today and noted with regret the resignation of the Chief Executive Officer, Niall Crowley. The Board unanimously expressed its appreciation of the dedication, commitment andpassion of the Chief Executive to the equality agenda in Ireland and Europe over the last decade. Under his leadership the principles of equality […]

Statement by Dr Maurice Manning, President of the Irish Human Rights Commission on the resignation of Niall Crowley as CEO of the Equality Authority Dr Maurice Manning, President of the Irish Human Rights Commission said: "I greatly regret Niall Crowley’s decision to resign as Chief Executive of the Equality Authority. I fully understand the reasons […]