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Ireland’s Rights Record on Combatting Racial Discrimination Under International Scrutiny The State is failing to sufficiently tackle racism and discrimination and to live up to its international human rights obligations in combatting racial discrimination, a new report from the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (“the Commission”) to the UN sets out today. The comprehensive…

Commission Exercised Amicus Curiae Role in Supreme Court Case Holding EU-Wide Significance on European Arrest Warrants The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (the ‘Commission’) has welcomed today’s Supreme Court judgment in an internationally significant case relating to the European Arrest Warrants system and the right to a fair trial. In its judgment in Artur Celmer…

Commission Exercises Amicus Role in the Supreme Court The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (“the Commission”) has today exercised its amicus curiae (“friend of the court”) function before the Supreme Court in a case, which seeks to clarify how separated parents exercising joint custody of their children are treated when applying for social housing assistance…

Statement from the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (‘the Commission’) welcomes the open process for eight upcoming appointments to the Commission, now underway through the Public Appointments Service (PAS). In August, the Commission wrote to the Minister for Justice and Equality to emphasise that upcoming appointments to…

Commission Exercises Amicus Curiae in Supreme Court Case The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (the “Commission”) has today appeared before the Supreme Court as an amicus curiae (“friend of the court”) in a case focused on marriage and family rights. The Commission, in its legal submissions to the Supreme Court published today, has sought to assist the…

The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (“the Commission”) has today welcomed the State’s formal apology to women and their families impacted by the cervical smear controversy, enacted through a Dáil statement made by An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar T.D. The Taoiseach acknowledged the litany of failures and disrespectful treatment of women and their loved ones…

Discrimination against Disability in Employment Has Topped Public Contacts to the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission Every Year Since 2016 and is Rising Emily Logan, Chief Commissioner of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (“The Commission”) will today outline to a gathering of over 150 public and private sector employers, trade unions, people…

Joint Committee Established under Belfast (Good Friday) Agreement Discusses Brexit Rights Divergence Threat with the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights  UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet has been told that a generation of human rights and equality protections provided under the Belfast (Good Friday) Agreement must not be placed at risk post-Brexit….