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Today, the Irish Human Rights Commission (IHRC) and Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights open a two-day roundtable entitled ‘Domestic Protection of Human Rights – Strengthening National Structures’. The meeting will discuss how national human rights institutions across Europe can strengthen their role in protecting and promoting human rights in their respective countries. It…

The Equality Authority has communicated to the Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform that it is of the strong view that the Equality Authority should remain as an independent and distinct statutory agency. The Equality Authority was responding to a proposal from the Department of Finance that the Equality Authority be merged with the…

The Equality Authority today welcomed a finding of age discrimination in a case taken under the Equal Status Acts. An Equality Officer of the Equality Tribunal found that Ulster Bank had discriminated against the complainant. Ms. Fahey, in refusing her application for a car loan because she was over 65 years of age. Ms.Fahey was…

The Equality Authority Annual Report 2007 will be launched today (Thursday 24th July), in the Equality Authority, by John Moloney TD, Minister of State for Equality, Disability and Mental Health. During 2007 the Equality Authority Responded to 10,993 queries under five different pieces of legislation. There were 3,047 queries in relation to the Employment Equality…

IHRC briefs UN Human Rights Committee on Ireland’s civil and political rights record The Irish Human Rights Commission (IHRC) briefed the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Committee on Ireland’s record of protecting civil and political rights, in advance of its examination of Ireland’s 3rd Report on the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR)….

The Irish Human Rights Commission (IHRC) appears today before the High Court at its invitation as amicus curiae (non-partisan friend of the court) in human rights proceedings entitled I v The Refugee Appeals Tribunal, The Minister for Justice Equality and Law Reform, The Attorney General and Ireland in which the Court has sought the IHRC’s…

IHRC granted leave to appear in Data Protection Case in the High Court. 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 Digital Rights Ireland v The Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources and…

The Irish Human Rights Commission today made a presentation to the Joint Oireachtas Sub-Committee on Human Rights on its role in promoting and protecting human rightsin Ireland and in strengthening national human rights institutions globally in the context of the 60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). Maurice Manning, President of the…

The Equality Authority and the ESRI will today launch a ground breaking report on ‘Gender Inequalities in Time Use – The Distribution of Caring, Housework and Employment among Women and Men in Ireland’. This report analyses time diaries from just over 1000 men and women, aged 18 to 97, from the Irish National Time Use…