Publications

In this submission on the General Scheme of the Birth Information and Tracing Bill 2021 The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission provides its legislative observations focusing on the following matters: – The Right of Access to Birth Certificates and Early Life Information; – ‘No Contact’ Preference and Counselling; – The Child’s Access Rights; and…

Annual Report 2020

The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission presents its Annual Report for 2020, our sixth full year of work as Ireland’s national human rights and equality body.  

Tuarascáil Bhliantúil 2020

Cuireann Coimisiún na hÉireann um Chearta an Duine agus Comhionannas a Thuarascáil Bhliantúil i láthair do 2020, ár séú bliain iomlán oibre mar chomhlacht náisiúnta um chearta an duine agus comhionannas na hÉireann. Tuarascáil Bhliantúil 2020 

The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission is Ireland’s national human rights institution and makes these submissions to the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers under Rule 9(2) of the Rules for the Supervision of the Execution of Judgments and of the Terms of Friendly Settlements with regard to the execution of the judgment of…

Legal Submissions DPP v RK & LM

The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (‘the Commission’) exercised its amicus curiae (‘friend of the court’) function in an important case on the rights of accused persons and procedural safeguards required for a fair trial.

Monitoring Decent Work in Ireland

This joint IHREC/ESRI research report published in June 2021 develops a set of indicators for monitoring and then provides baseline figures on access to, and experience of, decent work across different groups in Ireland. Monitoring can provide evidence for policymakers, highlighting at-risk groups; it can inform the assessment of Ireland by UN international treaty monitoring;…

Following our engagement with the Universal Periodic Review (“UPR”) process in 2015 and 2019, the Commission makes this submission to the Human Rights Council as part of the third cycle review of Ireland, the content for which is drawn from the Commission’s ongoing programme of research, monitoring and legal casework. Submission to the Third Universal…

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….