Publications

The main provisions of the Employment (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2017 are amendments to two existing acts, the Organisation of Working Time Act 1997 and the Terms of Employment (Information) Act 1994 (with a consequential amendment to the Workplace Relations Act 2015). These amendments cover different aspects of the employment relationship, and some aspects of enforcement. […]

In this Appeal, the Appellant seeks, inter alia, declarations that he was unlawfully refused permission to leave/detained by the  respondent while a voluntary patient, and, presumably in the alternative, that such rules of law as rendered his alleged detention lawful as a matter of national law are incompatible with Article 5 ECHR. The Irish Human […]

Submission to the Commission on the Future of Policing

The Commission welcomes the opportunity to make a submission to the Commission on the Future of Policing in Ireland. This submission focuses on human rights and equality standards and references international treaties and best practice. This submission does not constitute an extensive review of all human rights and equality issues connected to policing. Instead, bearing […]

The Commission welcomes the publication of the Equality  (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2017  and the emerging consensus on the principle of prohibiting discrimination on the basis of ‘disadvantaged socio-economic status’. The Commission makes preliminary observations on the proposals under the Bill, addressing the following matters: Context of the legislative proposal Legal bases for the new ground […]

The Supreme Court granted the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (‘the Commission’) liberty to appear as amicus curiae in these appeals. The Commission previously appeared as amicus curiae in the proceedings before the Court of Appeal. The central issue is whether the Minister for Justice and Equality is required to have regard to the right […]

Who experiences discrimination in Ireland?

Who experiences discrimination in Ireland? Evidence from the QNHS Equality Modules Who experiences discrimination?  is the first in a series of pieces of research prepared for the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission by the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI), as part of the Commission’s Research Programme on Human Rights and Equality. This piece of […]

The Irish Human and Equality Commission’s policy document ‘Human rights and equality considerations in the development of a new legislative and regulatory framework on abortion’ is published following  the Commission’s appearance before the Oireachtas Joint-Committee on the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution, which took place on Wednesday, 4th October 2017.

Ireland signed the Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture (OPCAT) on 2nd October 2007 but has yet to ratify this instrument. Ten years on, the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission has commissioned research on OPCAT and Ireland, authored by Professor Rachel Murray, Director of the Human Rights Implementation Centre in Bristol Law School, and Dr. Elina Steinerte.

This easy to read guide was developed by Inclusion Ireland for the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission to explain some of the issues in the IHREC’s CAT report.  The document was proof-read by men and women with disability.

Bearing the wider issues related to the housing and homelessness crisis in mind, this policy statement focuses specifically on the State’s provision of emergency accommodation to families experiencing homelessness. This policy statement sets out the Commission’s equality and human rights concerns and suggests how these might be addressed in future law and policy development.

Annual Report 2016

The Annual Report 2016 of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission

The Commission welcomes the opportunity to make its second submission to the Citizens’ Assembly. In particular, the Commission is encouraged by the Assembly’s focus on the opportunities as well as the challenges presented by an ageing population. The question of an ageing population gives rise to matters of equality and human rights and, in accordance […]

Culkin v Sligo County Council – March 2017

This case relates to whether it is permissible for the Plaintiff/ Appellant to pursue complaints before the Workplace Relations Commission pursuant to section 77 of the EEA to full investigation, and also be permitted to pursue a personal injuries claim, where it is alleged that both claims arise from the same set of alleged facts. At issue in this appeal is the proper interpretation of section 101 of the EEA.

In Part 1 of these observations, the Commission provides views on the specific wording in the Bill and Ireland’s obligations to transpose the Directive 2012/29/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 25 October 2012 establishing minimum standards on the rights, support and protection of victims of crime, and replacing Council Framework Decision 2001/220/JHA (the ‘Victims’ Directive’).

In Part 2, the Commission draws attention to a number of areas which have been identified as particularly challenging in advancing victims’ rights in Ireland.

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