Legal and Information

The Commission’s legal functions are set out under the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission Act 2014

The Commission’s legal powers include the power to apply to the High Court, Court of Appeals or the Supreme Court for liberty to appear before the courts as amicus curiae (friend of the court) in proceedings that involve or are concerned with  human rights or equality. 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.

The Commission also provides information to the public on human rights and equality generally, including for example information on the Irish Constitution and the Employment Equality Acts 1998–2015, the Equal Status Acts 2000–2015, the European Convention on Human Rights Acts 2003 and 2014.  While the Commission, through its “Your Rights” service does not provide an advocacy or support service it can provide members of the public with relevant information and refer them to the appropriate body.

Recent legal publications, submissions and documents

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

Retirement Age and Family Discrimination Case Resolved Ahead of Hearing

Kim Cahill v The Minister for Education and Science – Outline Submissions on Behalf of the Appellant, December 2015

Publication of Decisions by the Workplace Relations Commission Under the Employment Equality Acts (1998-2015) and the Equal Status Acts (2000-2015)

Culkin v Sligo County Council – March 2017

Applicant v The Director of Oberstown Detention Centre and Another – Jan 2017

Balchand v Minister for Justice and Equality and Luximon v Minister for Justice and Equality – Court of Appeal – December 2016


Guidelines on Applications for Assistance

IHREC Policy on Requests for Inquiries

Amicus Curiae Guidelines