Press Releases

Mary Harney TD, Tainaiste and Minister for Health and Children, today launched ‘Equal Status Acts 2000 to 2004 and Provision of Health Services’. This is a joint initiative of the Equality Authority, the Department of Health and Children and the Health Service Executive. The publication reflects a shared commitment to equality and the further development…

The Minister for Social and Family Affairs, Seamus Brennan TD, today launched a new report from the Equality Authority on ‘Implementing Equality for Carers’. The 2002 census identified almost 150,000 carers in Ireland. More than half of Irish people will experience some caring responsibilities during their lifetime. The census found that over half of carers…

The Human Rights Commission will host an international conference on economic, social and cultural rights in Dublin on Friday, 9th and Saturday, 10th December to coincide with International Human Rights Day. Entitled Economic, Social and Cultural Rights: Models of Enforcement, the conference will examine the place of this category of rights in legal and political…

The Equality Authority today launched its report on ‘Access to Health Services for Transexual People’ The report highlights the underdeveloped nature of the health treatment and supports available to transexual people. The report is unique in the Irish context. It explores for the first time the perspectives of transexual people on their access to health…

The Disability Bill 2004 marks the cornerstone of Government legislation and policy in the area of disability and the Commission welcomes the decision of the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform to refer this Bill to the Commission for its views. The Commission’s observations were forwarded to Minister Michael McDowell on 15th November, 2004….

The Irish Human Rights Commission was today granted leave to appear before the Supreme Court as a ‘friend of the court’ in the proceedings entitled Carmody v The Minster for Justice, Equality and Law Reform, Ireland and The Attorney General. The proceedings involve an examination of the extent to which the criminal legal aid scheme…

Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform, Michael Mc Dowell TD, today launched Anti Racist Workplace Week. The week runs from November 7th to November 13th. The week seeks to stimulate and support workplace initiatives to combat any potential for racism and to promote full equality in practice for Black and minority ethnic (including Traveller)…

The Equality Authority today hosted a seminar to discuss the findings of the recent Central Statistics Office special survey on equality. This nationally representative survey examined the reported experience of discrimination of people of the age of 18 years and over. Niall Crowley, CEO of the Equality Authority, highlighted that “the first clear challenge posed…