Press Releases

The Irish Human Rights Commission was today granted leave to appear before the High Court as a ‘friend of the court’ in the proceedings entitled Lawrence and others v Ballina Town Council and others. The proceedings involve an examination of provisions of the Housing (Miscellaneous) Provisions Act, 2002 (the trespass legislation) which, in the view…

The Equality Authority today expressed disappointment at the outcome of High Court proceedings in relation to Portmarnock Golf Clubs male only membership. The District Court had found that Portmarnock Golf Club is a discriminating club within the meaning of section 8 of the Equal Status Act, 2000. Portmarnock Golf Club challenged that finding and also…

Nursing Homes

Statement by Maurice Manning, President of the Irish Human Rights Commission The Human Rights Commission is deeply concerned at some of the issues raised in Monday’s Prime Time programme. The Human Rights Commission from its inception has indicated its concern that the elderly, especially those in long stay care may be particularly vulnerable to human…

Statement by the President of the Human Rights Commission, Dr. Maurice Manning, on the publication of the IHRC’s Submission on the Scheme of the Criminal Justice (International Co-operation) Bill The Commission has a concern, which we believe is shared by the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform, about the level of democratic scrutiny and…

The Irish Human Rights Commission has followed with interest and concern the debate concerning the Disability Bill 2004 which is currently before the Oireachtas. In November 2004 the Commission forwarded its observations on the Bill to the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform, Mr Michael McDowell. The President of the Commission, Dr. Maurice Manning,…

The Equality Authority today launched “Equality at Work? – Workplace Equality Policies, Flexible Working Arrangements and the Quality of Work”. This research was carried out by the ESRI and shows that formal policies to promote equality of opportunity entail a wide range of benefits for both employees and employers. They are associated with lower levels…

The Irish Human Rights Commission has decided to conduct an enquiry into the treatment of a foreign national at Dublin Airport. The purpose of the enquiry includes keeping under review the adequacy and effectiveness of law and practice in the State relating to the protection of human rights and the promotion of understanding and awareness…

The Irish Human Rights Commission will today appear before the Supreme Court for the first time as a ‘friend of the court’ in human rights proceedings. The proceedings involve an examination of the extent to which the European Convention on Human Rights Act, 2003 (European Convention Act) will impact on Irish law, specifically provisions in…

Disability Seminar

The Irish Human Rights Commission will host an international seminar on the drafting of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities on Saturday, 16th April, 2005. The seminar will hear from leading experts on the proposed Convention which represents a major development in the field of human rights for persons with disabilities….