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The Equality Authority today launched its Annual Report 2006. During 2006 the Equality Authority had 853 casefiles under the Employment Equality Acts (404), the Equal Status Acts (366), and the Intoxicating Liquor Act (83). It dealt with 10,585 queries under five different Acts – Employment Equality Acts (2933), Equal Status Acts (1560), Maternity Protection Acts…

“Say No To Ageism” Week 2007 is being launched today in the Equality Authority. The week is a joint initiative of the National Council on Ageing and Older People, the Health Service Executive and the Equality Authority. The week forms part of Irish strategy for the European Year of Equal Opportunities for All. The week…

Scheme satisfies criminal offence requirements but IHRC recommends provision for protection of victims and careful consideration of creation of new sexual offences The Irish Human Rights Commission (IHRC) has forwarded its observations on the Criminal Justice (Trafficking in Persons and Sexual Offences) Bill 2007 to the Minister of Justice, Equality and Law Reform. "The Irish…

The Equality Authority today welcomed the settlement of a case under the Equal Status Acts taken by a transsexual person against the State Examinations Commission and the Department of Education and Science. The case was settled when the State Examinations Commission agreed to reissue the transsexual person’s Group Intermediate Certificate and Leaving Certificate in her…

Expert calls for Irish Government to be first to human right-proof development aid projects Ireland, as a newly wealthy and highly developed country, is at a crossroads in terms of disability policies in the 21st Century, according to Gerard Quinn, Commissioner, the Irish Human Rights Commission. Mr Quinn was briefing disability stakeholders on the UN…

FIRST ENQUIRY QUESTIONS WHETHER INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS STANDARDS WERE RESPECTED IN STATE PENSION ELIGIBILITY FOR SELF-EMPLOYED COUPLE Irish Human Rights Commission recommends changes to how public policy is formulated It would appear that international human rights standards, such as the European Code of Social Security and the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR), have not…

The Equality Authority has welcomed a finding by the Equality Tribunal that a primary school victimised a Traveller boy with a disability under the terms of the Equal Status Acts. The Board of Management of Scoil Lios Teilic in Kerry has been ordered to pay €6,350, the maximum allowed under the Acts, to the complainant….