Publications

New research published by the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission has found that the Government has persistently blurred the boundary between legal requirements and public health guidance in its COVID-19 response. The study, a first of its kind evaluation of Ireland’s use of pandemic related emergency powers, also sets out significant concerns that human…

The Commission welcomes the opportunity to provide the Joint Committee on Children, Disability, Equality and Integration with its submission on the General Scheme of a Certain Institutional Burials (Authorised Interventions) Bill (the ‘General Scheme’). The Commission has previously raised concerns about the human rights and equality issues arising in connection to this piece of legislation….

The Commission welcomes the opportunity to provide the Committee on Justice with submissions on the Dying with Dignity Bill 2020  which it hopes will assist the Committee in its scrutiny of the Bill. The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission is both the national human rights institution and the national equality body for Ireland, established…

Legal Submission In the Matter of JJ

The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (‘the Commission’) exercised its amicus curiae (‘friend of the court’) function in an important case (In the Matter of JJ ) about medical treatment, the rights of the child and the rights of minor wards of court.

Consultation on Terms of Reference and Work Programme for the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Disability Matters – November 2020 On the day that our Chief Commissioner and Commission Member Dr. Rosaleen McDonagh appear before the Joint Committee on Disability Matters, the Commission  welcomes the opportunity to contribute through this written submission to the development of…

Ahead of our appearance before the Oireachtas Committee on 9 September 2020, the Commission made a written submission on the legislative framework around our COVID-19 response. Under the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission Act 2014, the Commission is mandated to keep under review the adequacy and effectiveness of law and practice in the State…

The Commission previously made a submission to the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women in January 2017, in respect of Ireland’s combined sixth and seventh periodic reports under the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). In its 2017 Concluding Observations, the Committee requested that the Government…

Ireland’s human rights and equality norms are critical to sustainable and effective recovery in relation to COVID. The State is legally bound to respect, protect and fulfil its human rights commitments and has specific obligations under Irish equality legislation, as an employer and as a service provider. These obligations apply both in normal times and…

New research published today reveals the gap between what people say in public about their attitudes to minorities in Ireland, and what they say when afforded anonymity. The study challenges previous assumptions about people’s views, and has implications for policy approaches to foster interculturalism. This study published by the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission …

The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission was invited to contribute to a high-level strategi consultation process led by EU Commission Vice-President Věra Jourová, Values and Transparency, and EU Equality Commissioner Helena Dalli, hosted by the European Commission on 20th July. Below is the opening statement delivered by Commission Member Colm O’Dwyer to that consultation….