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The first joint Board meeting of the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland, the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission and the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission took place today at the Ballymascanlon House Hotel, Dundalk. The three Chief Commissioners, Geraldine McGahey, ECNI, Alyson Kilpatrick, NIHRC and Sinead Gibney, IHREC, said the joint working is important….

Commission to Appear as Amicus Curiae in Case The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (the ‘Commission’) has been granted leave by the Supreme Court to exercise its amicus curiae (‘friend of the court’) function in this case, where a father was deemed ineligible for domiciliary care allowance while his severely disabled child was resident in hospital for…

Council of Europe Findings on Housing in Ireland Sees State in Breach of its Obligations The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (“the Commission”) has welcomed today’s the Council of Europe’s finding that the State remains in breach of its obligations under the European Social Charter to provide appropriate accommodation to Travellers and social housing tenants…

Human Rights and Equality Commission Recommends Balancing of Competing Rights in New Law – Measures must be Legal, Necessary and Proportionate  The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (“The Commission”) has set out concerns that a new law being prepared to build online safety and strengthen media regulation, has no detail on the role or…

Joint Statement from the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission (NIHRC), the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland (ECNI) and the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (IHREC): The UK Government has committed in the EU withdrawal treaty to ensuring that there will be no diminution in Northern Ireland of the rights, safeguards and equality of opportunity…

The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (“the Commission”) has today announced the 28 organisations to be awarded a total of €350,000 in funding for projects under its Human Rights and Equality Grants Scheme 2019. Now in its fourth year, the 2019 grant programme awards small grants of up to €6,000 and general grants of…

Decision finds Daft Media Limited ‘vicariously liable’ for online adverts, with likely implications for other Irish platforms hosting discriminatory content The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (‘the Commission’) has won its almost three-year long legal action against Daft Media Limited’s publication online of discriminatory rental adverts on its property website daft.ie. The website reports…

The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (the ‘Commission’) welcomes the decision of Mr Justice Iarfhlaith O’Neill, that survivors of child sexual abuse in National Schools cannot be excluded from the State’s ex gratia (out of court) payment scheme because they have not established a ‘prior complaint’ against their abuser. In November 2017, Mr Justice…

 Legal Representation Provided by the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (‘the Commission’) has today welcomed the settlement in the case of a woman who was refused a dental service on disclosing her HIV status. The Commission provided legal advice and representation to the woman in bringing her…