The Commission welcomes the publication of the Disability (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2016 (the ‘Bill’) in December 2016. It notes that a significant number of additional provisions are proposed to be introduced at the Committee Stage of the parliamentary debate. Prior to the publication of the Bill, the Commission published legislative observations on the General Scheme of the Equality / Disability (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill (the ‘General Scheme of the Bill’),4 and while these legislative observations are of continued relevance, the Commission takes the opportunity to provide a brief supplementary comment following publication of the Bill.

This submission is the IHREC’s contribution to a major consultation conducted by European Commission in 2016 on the draft ‘European Pillar of Social Rights’. The Pillar of Social Rights outlines proposed non-binding EU standards in twenty social policy domains. The IHREC’s main recommendations are (a) that the European Commission ensure that each of the proposed standards undergo an equality mainstreaming evaluation; (b) that the revised draft of the European Pillar of Social Rights demonstrates how each principle reflects the requirements of European human rights law; and (c) that the Pillar of Social Rights be strengthened by setting out the steps that will be taken to reform EU law on social rights

The Attorney General v. Eric Eoin Marques / Eric Eoin Marques v. The Director of Public Prosecutions and the Attorney General.

Court of Appeal – June 2016

The Commission addresses two issues:

(a) the practice in the United States of America of taking into account, when sentencing, matters other than those of which a person is convicted.

(b) whether the DPP was obliged to provide reasons for her decision not to prosecute the Appellant.

The Attorney General v. Eric Eoin Marques Eric Eoin Marques v. The Director of Public Prosecutions and the Attorney General. Court of Appeal. June 2016

In these recommendations, the Commission provides substantive observations on the following Heads of the General Scheme of the Bill: Head 1: Reasonable accommodation Head 2: National mechanisms Head 3: Deprivation of liberty Head 10: Amendment of Equal Status Act 2000-2015 Head 11: Amendment of Employment Equality Acts 1998-2015 observations-on-the-general-scheme-equality-disability-miscellaneous-provisions-bill

The Commission was formed through the merger of the former Equality Authority and the former Human Rights Commission, both of which undertook significant work on education and, respectively, equality and human rights. These observations draw on the insights gained from that work, including knowledge of the practical barriers that students have faced in securing admission to school in ways that have undermined their right to not be discriminated against or that limit the full realisation of their human rights, and knowledge of the practices of some schools after admission that affect the full realisation of the students’ rights.

IHREC Submission: Consultation on Strategy for the Rental Sector

The Commission highlights some relevant obligations under Section 42 (Public Sector Duty) of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission Act 2014, under international human rights law, along with a number of other observations, which should be given due consideration during the drafting of the Strategy for the Rental Sector.

This Memo provides background information to the Murray Review (the ‘Review’) established in January 2016 to examine the legislative framework in respect of access by statutory bodies to communications data. The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (the ‘Commission’) highlights human rights and equality issues of concern in relation to the specific context of the Review.

Guidelines for Consulting with Older People

A template for consulting with older people which can be adapted for consulting with a wide range of current or potential service users

NHV v The Minister for Justice and Equality – July 2016

The Commission’s core submission is that non-citizens, including persons seeking asylum or subsidiary protection such as the Applicant, are entitled to invoke and enjoy the right to work or earn a livelihood which has long been recognised under Article 40.3.1˚ of the Constitution.

Annual Report 2015

The first Annual Report of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission covering the period November 2014 to December 2015.

Tuarascáil Bhliantúil 2015

Is í seo an chéad Tuarascáil Bhliantúil atá á cur faoi bhráid Thithe an Oireachtais maidir le hobair Choimisiún na hÉireann um Chearta an Duine agus Comhionannas a bunaíodh i mí na Samhna 2014 agus a chlúdaíonn an tréimshe ó Samhain 2014 go 31 Nollaig 2015.