Press Releases

2009 was challenging year but key targets met or exceeded Vital services to the public maintained – significant numbers of cases dealt with, and queries responded to, over course of year Monday, July 12th – The Equality Authority has today launched its Annual Report 2009 which has set out a detailed report on the activities…

Minister of State Mary White Launches New Irish Human Rights Commission Website   Minister of State Mary White today launched the Irish Human Rights Commission’s (IHRC) new website during a visit to the IHRC’s offices in Jervis Street, Dublin. Dr Maurice Manning, President of the IHRC said, "We are delighted to launch the new Irish…

  IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 21 June 2010 The Irish Human Rights Commission (IHRC) today welcomed the decision by the Government to withdraw its appeal to the Supreme Court in the proceedings Foy v An t-Ard Chláraitheoir, Ireland and the Attorney General concerning the recognition of transgender persons. In February 2008 the High Court had formally issued…

License to discriminate would set dangerous precedent that could impact on rights and freedoms enjoyed by all of us Thursday, June 17th – The Equality Authority has today said that allowing public servants to put personal religious beliefs before the requirements of civil law would set a dangerous precedent that could impact very seriously on…

The Equality Authority notes with disappointment of the outcome of the appeal to the High Court in the Cahill v. Minister for Education and Science. The Authority had appealed the Circuit Court decision on matters concerning the reasonable accommodation of students with disabilities. This original complaint dates back to 2001. “The Equality Authority regrets that…

The Irish Human Rights Commission (IHRC) is taking part today in a unique Human Rights Hearing organised by the Rialto Rights in Action Project. The event will hear evidence from residents in Dolphins House local authority flats complex about the impact of poor housing conditions on their health and well being. Ireland has committed to…

The 7th Say No To Ageism Week is launched today by the Minister for Older People, Áine Brady TD. The week, a joint initiative by the Equality Authority and the Health Service Executive asks people, particularly those in service provision to ‘Care about Ageism’. This year the theme of the campaign is calling on people…

The Irish Human Rights Commission (IHRC) welcomed the findings of a report published today in Vienna by the EU’s Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA). The report calls for the establishment and strengthening of national human rights institutions (NHRI), such as the IHRC, in each EU Member State to ensure consistency in the independent monitoring and protection…

Service, Policy and Legislative Reform Essential The Irish Human Rights Commission (IHRC) today published its Enquiry Report into the situation of a group of adults with a severe to profound intellectual disability in the John Paul Centre, Galway. The enquiry found that there were serious gaps in the provision of services to residents or people…