Press Releases

The Equality Authority welcomes the recent Labour Court decision in favour of a woman who was dismissed by a firm of Solicitors on age grounds. This is the first decision of its kind in Europe and highlights the growing effectiveness of equality legislation in protecting people from ageism in the workplace. The Equality Authority represented […]

The Equality Authority views with concern the statement by the President of the Vintners Federation of Ireland as reported in today’s newspaper that some members of the Traveller community are abusing the Equal Status Act. The allegations made included attempts to demand money from publicans if they refused to serve Travellers. The Equality Authority wishes […]

The Equality Authority and the Irish Centre for European Law are hosting a conference today on equality law which has attracted a large attendance from the legal profession and equality interests. Almost three hundred delegates will attend to hear inputs from speakers that include Professor Ivana Bacik, Mary Finlay SC, Adam Tyson EU Commission, Dr […]

A Report which analyses the challenge of delivering equality in Ireland, North and South was presented in Belfast today by the Equality Authority and the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland. The Research report – “Charting the Equality Agenda” by Katherine Zappone was jointly commissioned by the two equality bodies to develop a framework for equality […]

The Equality Authority is hosting an event called Identity at the Crossroads for lesbians, gays and bisexuals with disabilities in the Erin Room, Dublin Castle on Friday June 29th at 7.30 pm as part of Gay Pride Week. Guest speakers include the Director of Outreach at the Policy, Ethics and Life Science Research Institute, Newcastle […]

An award totalling £40,000 has been made against Dublin Corporation in a victimisation case supported by the Equality Authority. An employee of Dublin Corporation who had successfully proven discrimination against the Corporation in relation to a promotional position was found to have been victimised as a result of her previous case, and has been awarded […]

“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 […]

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