Legal & Information
The Legal team is responsible for supporting the performance of the Commission’s legal functions under the IHREC Act 2014, as well as for the provision of an in-house legal service.
The team appears on behalf of the Commission before statutory tribunals and courts. The Legal team’s solicitors also act on behalf of individuals to whom the Commission is providing legal assistance. The Legal team’s work involves the provision of advice and the conduct of litigation, in particular under the Employment Equality Acts 1998–2015, the Equal Status Acts 2000–2015, the European Convention on Human Rights Acts 2003 and 2014, and more generally in relation to the protection and promotion of human rights and equality
The Information team provides information to the public on human rights and equality generally, including for example information on the Irish Constitution and the Employment Equality Acts 1998–2015, the Equal Status Acts 2000–2015, the European Convention on Human Rights Acts 2003 and 2014. While the Information team does not provide an advocacy or support service it can provide members of the public with relevant information and refer them to the appropriate body.
Michael O’Neill is head of the Legal and Information teams.