Legal Assistance

The Commission through its legal functions can also provide practical assistance, including under specific circumstances, legal representation, to persons in vindicating their rights under human rights and anti-discrimination legislation, in particular under the Employment Equality Acts 1998–2015, the Equal Status Acts 2000–2015, the European Convention on Human Rights Acts 2003 and 2014, and more generally in relation to the protection and promotion of human rights and equality.

Recent cases

Refugee Secures Right to Temporary Directive Following IHREC Intervention

29 Nov 2022

The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (‘the Commission’) recently gave legal assistance to a Ukrainian national and member of the Roma community in relation to his application for Temporary Protection in Ireland under section 60 of the International Protection Act 2015. The man’s application was initially refused on arrival in Ireland in November 2022 at...

Garda Commissioner and Minister Appeal WRC Ruling Against Gardaí in Age Discrimination Case

27 Jun 2022

Garda Commissioner and Minister Appeal WRC Ruling Against Gardaí in Age Discrimination Case The Minister for Justice and Equality and the Commissioner of An Garda Síochána are appealing a 2020 ruling by the Workplace Relations Commission (“WRC”) that two men, Ronald Boyle and Brian Fitzpatrick, were discriminated against by An Garda Síochána when rejected for...

Commission Granted Role in Family Rights Challenge in Supreme Court

15 Jun 2022

Commission to Appear as Amicus Curiae in Case Where Minister Refused to Vary Canadian Woman’s Visa 15 June 2022 – 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 an important case focused on private and...

Prison Service Withdraws Appeal on Significant Disability Rights Case

25 Oct 2021

The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (the “Commission”) has welcomed the decision this week of the Irish Prison Service (IPS) to withdraw their appeal of a significant High Court judgment, which found that the IPS must provide reasonable accommodation to prison officers with disabilities. In the case Cunningham v Irish Prison Service, the Commission...

EU Court of Justice Issues Landmark Equality Law Ruling: December 2018

EU Court of Justice Issues Landmark Equality Law Ruling

EU Court of Justice Hears Case Arising from Alleged Age Discrimination in An Garda Síochána: June 2018

EU Court of Justice Hears Case Arising from Alleged Age Discrimination in An Garda Síochána

County Council Criterion for Traveller Family Access to Services Discriminatory: May 2018

County Council Criterion for Traveller Family Access to Services Discriminatory

Compensation Granted in Housing Assistance Discrimination Case: December 2017

Compensation Granted in Housing Assistance Discrimination Case

Service in a licensed premises: December 2017

Travellers Denied Service Secure Settlement and Redress

Human rights of children in the provision of housing: September 2017

Donegal County Council Agrees to Reconsider Housing Application for Traveller Family Following High Court Challenge

Retirement age and family discrimination: August 2017

Retirement Age and Family Discrimination Case Resolved Ahead of Hearing

Kim Cahill v. Minister for Education and Science: May 2017

Supreme Court clarifies duties towards students in disability discrimination case