Press Releases

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…

In a presentation at the Age Action event on Monday 30th September to mark the day, Niall Crowley, Chief Executive Officer of the Equality Authority highlighted the importance of “promoting a focus on ageism and age discrimination in our society. These are all too often invisible. Yet they result in a very visible exclusion of…

The Equality Authority welcomes the decision of the Office of the Director of Equality Investigations (ODEI) – the Equality Tribunal in awarding 5,000 euro to an employee of the North Eastern Health Board. The decision of the Equality Officer of the ODEI stated that the employee was harassed at the organisation’s Christmas party because of…

The Equality Authority welcomes the recent decision of the Labour Court in relation to an employee who was discriminated against due to a hearing impairment. The employee worked as a service receptionist. Shortly after the commencement, he was informed that there appeared to be a problem with communicating on the telephone. The claimant wore a…

The 2001 Annual Report of the Equality Authority launched today by the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform, Mr Michael Mc Dowell, T.D., reveals an 800% increase in casework from 119 cases to 1,066 cases – a dramatic increase in people wishing to bring discrimination claims. Minister McDowell states ” Considerable progress has been…

The Equality Authority welcomes the recent Labour Court decision regarding the discriminatory constructive dismissal of an employee due to pregnancy. The employee was the only graphic designer employed by the company and was therefore regarded as a key employee. The employee informed her employer of her pregnancy. Following one day’s illness she returned to work…

A Report entitled ‘Implementing Equality for Older People’ is being launched today by the Equality Authority. It identifies the problem of ageism, challenges the exclusion of older people and seeks change in their situation and experience. Speaking at the launch of the Report, the Chief Executive of the Equality Authority, Niall Crowley, related the issue…

The Equality Authority today launched a new report entitled ‘Implementing Equality for Lesbians, Gays and Bisexuals’. The Equality Authority was assisted in the preparation of this report by an advisory committee involving gay and lesbian organisations, the social partners and representatives of Government Departments. The recommendations made by the Equality Authority provide an agenda for…