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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…

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…