Press Releases

The Equality Authority today welcomed the settlement of a case under the Equal Status Acts taken by a transsexual person against the State Examinations Commission and the Department of Education and Science. The case was settled when the State Examinations Commission agreed to reissue the transsexual person’s Group Intermediate Certificate and Leaving Certificate in her…

Expert calls for Irish Government to be first to human right-proof development aid projects Ireland, as a newly wealthy and highly developed country, is at a crossroads in terms of disability policies in the 21st Century, according to Gerard Quinn, Commissioner, the Irish Human Rights Commission. Mr Quinn was briefing disability stakeholders on the UN…

FIRST ENQUIRY QUESTIONS WHETHER INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS STANDARDS WERE RESPECTED IN STATE PENSION ELIGIBILITY FOR SELF-EMPLOYED COUPLE Irish Human Rights Commission recommends changes to how public policy is formulated It would appear that international human rights standards, such as the European Code of Social Security and the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR), have not…

The Equality Authority has welcomed a finding by the Equality Tribunal that a primary school victimised a Traveller boy with a disability under the terms of the Equal Status Acts. The Board of Management of Scoil Lios Teilic in Kerry has been ordered to pay €6,350, the maximum allowed under the Acts, to the complainant….

The President of the Irish Human Rights Commission, Dr. Maurice Manning, and the Chief Commissioner of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission, Monica McWilliams, met yesterday with representatives of the Omagh Support and Self Help Group in connection with the bombing in August 1988 of Omagh town centre and related matters. The purpose of the…

New research published by the Equality Authority and the National Disability Authority, entitled ‘The Dynamics of Disability and Social Inclusion’, establishes the relationship between the experience of disability over time and its impact in the areas of employment, income and social participation. It explores for the first time how employment, earnings, household income and social…

The Irish Human Rights Commission (IHRC) has forwarded its observations on the Scheme of the Immigration, Residence and Protection Bill to the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform. "While we welcome the fact that the Government is introducing a comprehensive immigration policy, we do have concerns that there is a lack of compliance with…