Press Releases

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, […]

Special equality prizes were presented by Kate Hayes, Chair of the Equality Authority in respect of two projects which were entered in the Esat Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition in the RDS today. The Equality Authority, the statutory body with responsibility for the promotion and development of equal opportunities, sponsored prizes in the ‘Social and […]

Dear Editor, There has been significant and welcome media coverage recently in relation to the decision of an equality officer to award £3,000 to a CER1; trainee. The Equality Officer found that .CERT directly discriminated against the trainee on the; gender ground when CERT insisted that its standard female uniform be worn to interviews held […]

AWARD OF £3,000 FOR CERT TRAINEE REQUIRED TO WEAR A SKIRT. POSSIBLE IMPLICATION FOR SCHOOL UNIFORMS. A former trainee receptionist has been awarded £3,000 after an Equality Officer found that she had been discriminated against by CERT for insisting that it’s standard female uniform be worn at interview. Ms. Mary Keane, the former trainee in […]

18th December 2000.   Dear Sir, I refer to the article under Marie O’Halloran’s by-line, Irish Times, December 18th 2000, concerning allegations that a man was requested to move his guide dog to another part of University Church, Stephen’s Green Dublin during Mass..The incident as reported was apparently very distressing for the person concerned. There […]

A commitment to the implementation of the 3% target for the employment of people with disabilities in the public service was reaffirmed today by Dr. Rory O’ Hanlon, Leas Cheann-Comhairle. Dr. O’ Hanlon, launched a joint undertaking between the Equality Authority and Government to assist, encourage and support public service organisations to meet the 3% […]