IHREC Chief Commissioner to resign

The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (‘the Commission’) has today announced that its Chief Commissioner, Sinéad Gibney intends to resign, with effect from 15 March. Sinéad will seek a nomination to run as a candidate for election in June.

The Commission would like to thank Sinéad for the contribution she has made in her time as Chief Commissioner, and as the inaugural Director of the organisation, and we wish her well in her future endeavours.

Sinéad Gibney, Chief Commissioner, said,

“It has been a privilege to work in IHREC. I’m passionate about the importance of a strong rights and equality body which works towards a just and inclusive Ireland. I have full confidence that IHREC will continue to thrive and to serve the people of Ireland in the fulfilment of its mandate. I’m excited to now embark on a new chapter in my own career.”

IHREC, and Sinéad, will not issue any further comment.


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Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission

The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission is an independent public body, appointed by the President and directly accountable to the Oireachtas. The Commission has a statutory remit set out under the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission Act (2014) to protect and promote human rights and equality in Ireland, and build a culture of respect for human rights, equality and intercultural understanding in the State.

The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission is Ireland’s national human rights institution and is recognised as such by the United Nations. The Commission is also Ireland’s national equality body for the purpose of a range of EU anti-discrimination measures.