Press Releases

Collective action is required to tackle racism and reverse polarisation The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (‘the Commission’) is extremely concerned at reports that people espousing far-right ideology sought to exploit the tragic crime which occurred on Parnell Square East yesterday, in order to foment anti-immigrant sentiment. Collective action by the State, and civil…

Commission appeared before the Supreme Court as amicus curiae The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (‘the Commission’) is examining the decision of the Supreme Court, in a case concerning the extent to which non-citizens may rely on the rights guaranteed by the Constitution when subject to deportation orders. The Commission had been joined to…

The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (IHREC) has today welcomed the publication of the Council of Europe GREVIO Committee’s examination into Ireland, which found that the State’s provision of legal aid does not meet the current demand for victims of domestic, sexual and gender based violence (DSCBV). GREVIO (The Group of Experts on Action…

Commission appears as amicus curiae in important case The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (‘the Commission’) welcomes the decision delivered by the Court of Appeal today, in an important case involving the HSE’s Standard Operation Procedures (SOPs) for an Assessment of Needs of a child with a disability. The Commission was joined to the…

Commission joins NHRIs in calling for respect for international humanitarian law The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission, in its capacity as a member of the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions (GANHRI), expresses its solidarity with all those affected by the current conflict in Gaza and Israel. We reiterate GANHRI’s call “on all…

The Chief Commissioners of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission (NIHRC), the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland (ECNI) and the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (IHREC) are meeting with EU officials, and elected representatives, in Brussels today at an event supported by the Northern Ireland Executive Office. The Commissions will share experiences of their…

 “Representatives of the Joint Committee consisting of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission and the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission met today at the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission. The Joint Committee considered a number of issues, including the Northern Ireland Troubles (Legacy and Reconciliation) Act 2023 which became law last month. The…

€400,000 awarded to projects to advance Access to Justice and Rights and to promote the Eradication of Ableism, Ageism, Racism, Sexism, Homophobia and Transphobia The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission has today announced the 30 organisations to be awarded a total of €400,000 in funding for projects under its Human Rights and Equality Grants…

Commission cites five crucial areas requiring amendments In July of this year, the Department of Justice published the Criminal Justice (Sexual Offences and Human Trafficking) Bill 2023. This proposed Bill marks an important and significant step in ensuring a victim-centred National Referral Mechanism (‘NRM’) in law. The second stage of this Bill will be debated today…