Press Releases

“The low participation rates of women and the virtual absence of minorities in political parties and democratic institutions is a clear indicator of inequality in society and is an indictment of our model of democracy. Power and powerlessness is a key dimension to the problem of inequality.”, Niall Crowley, CEO of the Equality Authority said […]

The Equality Authority has read with concern the reports on developments in Rathkeale relating to the education of young Travellers as published in today’s newspapers. “Schools are bound by the Equal Status Act which addresses discrimination in access to education across nine grounds including the Traveller community. It is important that some parent’s councils do […]

The Equality Authority welcomes the first successful case under the Equal Status Act 2000 as published by the Office of the Director of Equality Investigations (ODEI), awarding £300 each to two Travellers who were refused more than one drink in a public house. “This decision opens up a new body of case law in the […]

“The year 2001 should be a watershed in our efforts to create a more intercultural society as it is the year of the UN Global Conference against Racism”, said Equality Authority CEO Niall Crowley, in a statement marking International day against Racism – March 21st 2001. “Ireland should take the lead in developing such initiatives […]

The Equality Authority will hold its Board meeting in Sligo on Thursday 22 February as part of Sligo Equality Week. “ We are delighted to be visiting Sligo as part of a series of events to mark equality issues from February 19-24” said Niall Crowley, CEO Equality Authority. “We are building on our commitment to […]

The Equality Authority has been awarded £8,000 as compensation for the effects of discrimination under Section 6 (1) and 6 (2)f of the Employment Equality Act 1998, when an Equality Officer found that Ryanair discriminated on grounds of age in a job advertisement for a Director of Regulatory Affairs stating “we need a young and […]

“If your Child is Gay or Lesbian “ …is a new report published by Parent’s Support, a voluntary group of parents of gay or lesbian children, designed to assist parents in dealing the issue of “coming out” in the family context launched today, by Minister of State at the Department of Health and Children, Dr […]

March 1st is Family Friendly Workplace Day The first national Family Friendly Workplace Day will take place on March 1st 2001 announced the Minister of State at the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment, Tom Kitt, T.D., deputising for An Taoiseach. “The Family Friendly Workplace is one where workers are assisted in combining employment with […]

An audit of legal provisions affecting the partnership rights of same sex couples was published today by the Equality Authority. The report which was written and researched by Dr. John Mee and Ms. Kaye Ronayne identifies a range of legal benefits and obligations under Irish law which are available to married couples but are unavailable […]

The Equality Authority has welcomed a decision by the Office of the Director of Equality Investigations to award a record £85,0000, in an equality case, to a woman who was found to have been discriminated against by Golden Vale PLc in 1999. Commenting on the decision and on the Equality Authority’s support for Ms RebeccaO’Malley, […]

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