The Commission has set out its recommendations in its role as Ireland’s National Human Rights and Equality body, in light of concerns that application of the 1997 Electoral Act (as amended) may be having a chilling effect on the funding and activities of civil society organisations involved in legitimate advocacy. The Commission sets out the […]

This report presents an in-depth analysis of discrimination in the labour market to ascertain if certain ethnic groups experience higher rates of work related discrimination than others. Using data from the Equality module of the Quarterly National Household Survey and the Labour Force Survey, this report examines if labour market outcomes differed across ethnic groups […]

On the 10th of December 2018 the world celebrates the 70th anniversary of the adoption of the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights. This Declaration is a milestone document in the history of human rights. Drafted by representatives with different legal and cultural backgrounds from all regions of the world, the Declaration was proclaimed by […]

The HateTrack Project is an experimental, exploratory research project that combines social, scientific and computational methods to understand online racist speech in the Irish context. The project used insights from civil society and experts in the field of race, racism and hate speech to build a computational tool that harvests and classifies Facebook and Twitter […]

The Commission was grant liberty to appear in these appeals as amicus curiae. The test cases ‘MAM’ and ‘KN’, which are being heard jointly, involve significant human rights issues. In both, the Minister for Justice and Equality refused applications for family reunification from individuals who had been granted refugee status under the Refugee Act 1996 […]

The research, commissioned by the Joint Committee of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission and the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission, was carried out by academics at Newcastle University, Durham University and the University of Birmingham. It recommends that both the Irish and UK Governments should look to secure a “gold standard” approach through […]

On the 1st of October 2018, the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission sought liberty to intervene as amicus curiae. In granting liberty to the Commission to intervene by order on the 2nd of October 2018, the High Court identified the specific areas upon which the Commission might seek to assist the Court in submissions regarding […]

Disability and Discrimination in Ireland Report – Easy to Read Summary This easy to read document is a summary of a report. The report looked into discrimination against people with disabilities in Ireland between the years 2004, 2010 and 2014. Discrimination is when people are not treated fairly compared to other people or groups. The […]

Disability and Discrimination in Ireland

This report provides a detailed account of the experience of discrimination for people with disabilities in Ireland. Using the Equality module of the Quarterly National Household Survey (QNHS), this report examines the extent to which people with disabilities experience higher rates of discrimination across a range of life settings or domains compared to people without […]

Policy statement on Article 41.2 of the Constitution of Ireland

In this statement the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission sets out a summary of equality and human rights concerns with respect to Article 41.2 and suggests how these might be addressed. Issues considered include: Gender stereotyping; Recognition of care work; Previous proposals on Article 41.2; and Approaches to reform, focusing on the concept of family […]

Annual Report 2017

The Annual Report 2017 of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission  

This report examines several different aspects of discrimination and inequality relating to housing: accessing housing; housing quality; and a profile of the homeless population. The results are disaggregated according to different population groups, which enable us to identify if any groups experience more discrimination than others. This report gives us a better understanding of access to […]

Tá aird mar is cuí tugtha ar na Treoirlínte a d’eisigh an Roinn Cultúir, Oidhreachta agus Gaeltachta agus an scéim seo á hullmhú. Ina theannta sin, tugadh faoi phróiseas cuimsitheach comhairliúcháin leis na páirtithe leasmhara uile.

In the preparation of this scheme, due regard has been given to the Guidelines issues by the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. In addition, there has been a comprehensive process of consultation with relevant stakeholders, whose views and suggestions have informed the scheme.