Press Releases

Imperative that government pursue an inclusive and transparent selection process for the appointment of members of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (‘the Commission’) has set out to the Minister for Justice and Equality its determination that upcoming appointments to the Commission should be carried out in…

Commission Welcomes Decision Having Exercised Amicus Function in Landmark Daly v. Nano Nagle Case The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (‘the Commission’) has welcomed today’s important Supreme Court ruling on the rights of persons with disabilities to have reasonable accommodation made in workplaces as set out in legislation. The Supreme Court judgment, delivered this…

Commission Appears as Amicus Curiae in Case The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (‘the Commission’) has today appeared before the Supreme Court as amicus curiae (‘friend of the court’) in an internationally significant case relating to the European Arrest Warrants system and the right to a fair trial. The Commission, in its legal submissions to the…

Commission Granted Amicus Curiae Role in Supreme Court Case The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (“the Commission”) has been granted liberty by the Supreme Court to exercise its amicus curiae (“friend of the court”) function in a case exploring how separated parents exercising joint custody of their children are treated when applying for housing assistance…

Ireland third highest weekly hours of unpaid work for both men and women across EU 28 Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission/ESRI Findings Published 9th July 2019 –  45% of women and 29% of men provide care for others on a daily basis according to new research entitled “Caring and Unpaid Work in Ireland” published…

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…

Human Rights and Equality Commission Sets out Priority Areas for State Action  The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (“the Commission”) has marked the entry into force today of the Istanbul Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence, by setting out its recommendations for key priority actions from the State. The…

Significant legal interventions across direct provision, disability rights and housing. 1,711 concerns raised by public to the Commission – disability discrimination remains the highest area of contact seeing almost a third of all equality related concerns. Housing set as a key focus over the next three years in line with new strategy 2019-2021 and key…