Press Releases

A Council of Europe evaluation of Ireland’s action against trafficking in human beings is to be told that the State is failing to act to sufficiently protect trafficking victims in Ireland. With the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (“The Commission”) pointing to a “deficit in the protection of, and assistance provided to victims of […]

-State Now the Last EU Member to Ratify UN Treaty for People with Disabilities – Advice to government, published today from the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (“the Commission”) has warned that people with disabilities in Ireland risk being further excluded from decisions, which impact their daily lives, from employment to voting. Ireland today […]

The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (“the Commission”) has today welcomed An Taoiseach’s historic backing for the recognition of Traveller ethnicity by the State, but has warned that delays must not creep into the process. The reported statement from An Taoiseach comes just a day after the Council of Europe’s Human Rights Commissioner Nils […]

Ahead of the Dáil debate on the Education (Admission to Schools) Bill 2016, the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (“the Commission”) has published its recommendations, warning that further action is needed to ensure that access to schools avoids discrimination. The Commission has also focused, following on from their work through to the Supreme Court […]

“No legal impediment to recognition” states Chief Commissioner Continued inaction by the State on recognising Traveller ethnicity diminishes the State’s international credibility, the Chief Commissioner of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (“the Commission”) has today warned. Just over one year on from the deaths of 10 people at a temporary halting site in […]

The Government is facing the prospect of its treatment of survivors of child sexual abuse being scrutinised further by the Council of Europe, following action taken this week by the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (‘the Commission’). The Commission has submitted a request to the Council of Europe that the case of O’Keeffe v […]

A ground-breaking new Professional Diploma Course in Human Rights and Equality has been launched today by the Chief Commissioner of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission, Emily Logan. The new course, developed in collaboration with the Institute of Public Administration (IPA) has already seen huge demand, with a first intake of over 50 students […]

The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (IHREC), having welcomed the May 2016 Programme for Government commitments to advance equality and human rights proofing, has today urged Government to continue to progress the use of budgetary processes to build foundations for future budgets to advance human rights and equality. The Commission welcomes the Government’s Budget […]

The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (IHREC) today announced the 25 organisations awarded funding in the inaugural Human Rights and Equality Grants Scheme 2016.  The grant scheme was established by the Commission to provide financial assistance to bodies to carry out activities to promote human rights and equality. Almost 300 applications were received and […]

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