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A research report on ‘Positive Action for Traveller Employment’ was launched today. The report was commissioned and published by the Equality Authority. The research examines ten initiatives that created employment for thirty nine Travellers. It details how Traveller organisations supported the establishment of Traveller enterprises and how these organisations employed Travellers to provide services to […]

The Equality Authority has welcomed the settlement of a complaint involving the carriage of guide dogs by air. In December 2004 Ms Birte Schulz, who is visually impaired, planned to travel from Ireland to Germany and back with her Irish guide dog. She had booked a flight with Hapag-Lloyd Express, and emailed the airline to […]

The President of Ireland, Mary McAleese delivered the 3rd IHRC Annual Human Rights Lecture, "Celebrating the 60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of HumanRights", at the National Gallery of Ireland, on 25 November 2008. Remarks by the President of Ireland at the Third Annual Irish Human Rights Commission (IHRC) Human Rights Lecture at the National […]

The Equality Authority has welcomed a recent settlement involving age restrictions in car hire. In May 2006, Br. Anthony White rented a car at Dublin Airport. Br. White was told that because he was over the age of 70 he would have to pay an “age surcharge” of €25 per day, an increase of 33% […]

A new action strategy for integrated workplaces was launched in the equality Authority today by Conor Lenihan T.D., Minister for Integration. The action strategy has been developed by the Equality Authority, IBEC, Congress, the Construction Industry Federation, Chambers Ireland, the Small Firms Association and the Office of the Minister for Integration. The action strategy aims […]

The Irish Human Rights Commission (IHRC) met in Plenary Session on 30 October 2008 to discuss the Budget proposal to cut its funding by 24%. The IHRC was established to fulfil a promise made by the Irish Government under the Good Friday/Belfast Agreement. The IHRC is a public independent body set up by law to […]

In an economic downturn human rights protections for the most vulnerable must not be eroded The Irish Human Rights Commission (IHRC), today, launched its 2007 Annual Report. In launching the Report, Dr Maurice Manning, President of the IHRC addressed the goals and achievements of the IHRC, and the challenges for 2008. He focused particularly on […]

Irish law needs urgent reform to ensure rights for transgendered people IHRC calls on Government to convene working group to examine law reform on transgendered rights The Irish Human Rights Commission (IHRC) today recommended to the Government measures the State should take to strengthen, protect and uphold the human rights of transgendered people under Irish […]

The Equality Authority has welcomed the significant award by the Equality Tribunal of €56,315 against MBNA in a case of pregnancy related discrimination. MBNA were found by the Equality Tribunal to have discriminated against and victimised Ms. Lane on the gender ground under the Employment Equality Acts. Ms. Lane was represented by the Equality Authority. […]