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The INTO and the Equality Authority jointly hosted a conference in Limerick yesterday entitled ‘The Inclusive School’. The conference was attended by over 300 delegates. Speakers included Catherine Byrne, Deputy General Secretary of the INTO, Niall Crowley, CEO of the Equality Authority and Dr. Felicity Armstrong of the University of London. The inclusive school prevents…

The Irish and British Governments should ratify the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families (the Migrant Worker’s Convention). That is the message from the Joint Committee of the Irish Human Rights Commission and the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission on International Day Against Racism,…

Equality Authority concerned at Amendment to Social Welfare Bill – Legislating to Discriminate The Department of Social and Family Affairs are seeking an amendment to the Social Welfare (Miscellaneous) Provision Bill 2004. This amendment concerns the definition of ‘spouse’ and has the effect of limiting the definition of ‘spouse’ and ‘couple’ to a married couple…

International Women’s Day is a time to renew our commitment to equality between women and men as a fundamental human right issue "International Women’s Day is a time to reflect on progress made, the challenges outstanding and to renew our commitment to equality between women and men as a fundamental human rights issue" stated the…

The Human Rights Commission (HRC) welcomes the changes made by the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform, Mr. Michael McDowell, in the current Garda Bill 2004. The HRC made a detailed submission in November 2003 on the earlier Scheme of the Garda Bill recommending a number of substantive amendments and changes. "In broad terms…

Presentation by Dr. Maurice Manning, President of the Irish Human Rights Commission 3 July 2008 I am delighted to be here today on behalf of the Irish Human Rights Commission (IHRC) to speak to members of the Oireachtas Committee on the occasion of the 10th Anniversary of the Good Friday/Belfast Agreement about the implementation of…

Today, International Human Rights Day, the offices of the Human Rights Commission were officially opened by An Taoiseach, Mr. Bertie Ahern. Click here to view the Taoiseachs speech at the opening (HTML article). Senior politicians, civil servants, the Attorney General, the Director of Public Prosecutions, the British Ambassador and the Garda Commissioner, members of statutory…

The National Framework Committee established under the Programme for Prosperity and Fairness to promote equality at the level of the enterprise today hosted a seminar on practices to enhance workplace equality. The Minister for Justice Equality and Law Reform, Michael Mc Dowell, launched the new publication of the Committee ‘Equality and Diversity Training at the…