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Human Rights & Equality Commission Seeks Repeal of Offences Against the State Acts The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (the Commission) has recommended that the State abolish the Special Criminal Court, and declare that the ordinary courts are adequate to secure the effective administration of justice and the preservation of public peace and order….

The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (IHREC) has today published its recommendations to Government on the human rights and equality components of the redress scheme needed for survivors of Mother and Baby Homes. The Commission’s independent advice was submitted to Government in April 2021 on foot of an invitation from the Minister for Equality…

Ruling Quashes RSA Decision Refusing Driver Licences to Asylum Seekers The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (‘the Commission’) has welcomed as ‘very significant’ today’s High Court ruling on access to driving licences for people seeking international protection in Ireland. In the Judicial Review case before the High Court, in which the Commission acted as…

The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (the “Commission”) has welcomed the decision this week of the Irish Prison Service (IPS) to withdraw their appeal of a significant High Court judgment, which found that the IPS must provide reasonable accommodation to prison officers with disabilities. In the case Cunningham v Irish Prison Service, the Commission…

 Commission Appears as Amicus Curiae in Case Does a suspect have a right to be informed of the allegation against them ahead of being charged, so that they have a chance to explain their view of what happened? The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (‘the Commission’) has today argued before the Supreme Court that…

Commission Stresses Urgent Need for a Modern National Referral Mechanism Ireland’s National Rapporteur on the Trafficking of Human Beings, the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (the Commission) has told the Council of Europe that the people suffering the impacts of trafficking in Ireland urgently need a promised National Referral Mechanism to begin work to…

Commission to Appear as Amicus Curiae in Case The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (the ‘Commission’) has been granted leave by the Supreme Court to exercise its amicus curiae (‘friend of the court’) function in this case, where a father was deemed ineligible for domiciliary care allowance while his severely disabled child was resident in hospital for…