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On her last day in the role, the Commission would like to sincerely thank Sinéad Gibney for her dedication during four years as Chief Commissioner, and her contribution to the work of IHREC. Recruitment for a new Chief Commissioner will follow in due course, in line with international standards for an open and transparent selection…

The Commission welcomes Gymnastics Ireland agreement to undertake Equality Review The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (the ‘Commission’) announced today that it has used its legal powers, under Section 32(1)(a) of the 2014 IHREC Act, to invite Gymnastics Ireland to carry out an equality review of its services, and that Gymnastics Ireland has accepted…

IHREC raises significant barriers to economic, social and cultural rights with UN In a private meeting with the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission expressed our concerns about the overall trajectory of ESC rights in Ireland, in the decade since Ireland was last examined, under the…

State must move away from viewing rights as charitable, discretionary and commodities, and progress a rights-based model A paradigm shift is needed in the State’s approach to economic, social and cultural rights (’ESC rights’) if it is to eradicate poverty, build up public service provision, and better respond to the needs of structurally vulnerable communities,…

The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission welcomes the appointment of Professor Michael O’Flaherty as the new Commissioner for Human Rights at the Council of Europe, by the organisation’s Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) at its plenary session in Strasbourg yesterday. The Commissioner for Human Rights is an independent and impartial non-judicial institution established in 1999 by…

The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (the ‘Commission’) has welcomed the withdrawal of the appeals filed by the State the against the 2023 Labour Court decisions which determined that An Garda Siochána discriminated against Ronald Boyle and Brian Fitzpatrick on the grounds of age. The Labour Court had ruled that both men were discriminated…

The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (‘the Commission’) has today announced that its Chief Commissioner, Sinéad Gibney intends to resign, with effect from 15 March. Sinéad will seek a nomination to run as a candidate for election in June. The Commission would like to thank Sinéad for the contribution she has made in her…

The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (“the Commission”) has provided legal assistance to a man who is blind in a discrimination claim under the Equal Status Acts. The claimant was experiencing ongoing difficulties in using the online banking services of a high-street bank. His first difficulty was completing a purchase using online banking. There…

The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (“the Commission”) has provided legal assistance to a young person with a disability in a discrimination claim under the Equal Status Acts. The complainant is a 16 year old boy with a diagnosis of Asperger’s Syndrome. He has developed strategies and adaptation skills to support him when carrying…