Covid Restrictions

It is sometimes necessary to take exceptional measures to safeguard fundamental human rights, such as the right to life, and to protect the health of individuals and the community.

However, the Commission recognises that these measures can, and do, restrict individual freedoms and liberties. This is why the Commission has, from the outset, stressed publically the need for such restrictions to be legal, proportionate, fair and non-discriminatory, and that human rights and equality principles inform their implementation. It is also why the Commission has been clear about the importance of the role of the Oireachtas in the democratic scrutiny of new laws and regulations in the course of the pandemic, including ongoing monitoring of the human rights and equality impacts of their implementation.

For its part, the Commission is committed to continuing its work to independently keep legislation and policy under review, in line with its statutory mandate.

Information edited on 8th February 2022