Press Releases

A resource pack on “Stereotyping of Young People”‘ was launched today (March 12th from 2pm) by Brendan Smith TD, Minister for Children. The resource pack was developed by the Equality Authority and the National Youth Council of Ireland. It was launched in the Equality Authority. Representatives of the Fair Say Campaign which is working to…

The Irish Human Rights Commission (IHRC) will today appear before the High Court as amicus curiae (non-partisan friend of the court) in human rights proceedings. The proceedings, entitled Lawrence and Others v Ballina Town Council and Others, involve an examination of provisions of the Housing (Miscellaneous) Provisions Act, 2002 (the criminal trespass legislation) and other…

A new report on ‘Recognising LGB Sexual Identities in Health Services’ was launched today in the Equality Authority. The report charts new territory by conducting primary qualitative research into the experience of lesbian, gay and bisexual people in accessing health services in the North West region. The report was commissioned and published by the Health…

Irish Human Rights Commission’s Initial Comments on the Immigration, Residence and Protection Bill 2008 Denying Effective Access to Courts and Detention of Asylum Seekers in Prisons in breach of International Human Rights Standards Denying Effective Access to Courts and Detention of Asylum Seekers in Prisons in breach of International Human Rights Standards Irish Human Rights…

The Irish Human Rights Commission today published its report "’Extraordinary Rendition’ : A Review of Ireland’s Human Rights Obligations". The report concludes that diplomatic assurances received from the US Government are not sufficient for Ireland to satisfy its human rights obligations with regard to the issue of ‘extraordinary rendition’ flights passing through Irish territory. The…

The Equality Authority has launched a publication on gender issues in the marketing and design of goods for children. The ‘Introduction to Gender Issues in the Marketing and Design of Goods for Children” was launched by poet and author Éilís Ní Dhuibhne “We have received complaints from children and adults about confectionery being marketed as…

RUSHED CRIMINAL JUSTICE LEGISLATION MAY CURTAIL ESTABLISHED HUMAN RIGHTS More public debate needed – Irish Human Rights Commission and Law Society Joint Statement The speedy enactment of the Criminal Justice Act 2007 earlier this year raised serious human rights concerns given the far-reaching effects and sweeping scope of the legislation and the fact that scant…