Publications

Submission on the General Scheme of the Mental Health (Amendment) Bill In its recommendations published in May 2022 on the General Scheme of the Mental Health (Amendment) Bill, the Commission notes that the General Scheme both engages and interferes with a number of fundamental human rights, protected under the Constitution and international human rights laws….

This simplified information note seeks to provide guidance to bereaved families in their engagement with the inquest (death investigation) process conducted by a coroner under the Coroners Acts 1962-2020. It aims to simplify, but does not replace the information provided in the Information on the Rights of Families at Inquest Information Note. It seeks to…

Information on the Rights of Families at Inquests

This information note seeks to provide guidance to bereaved families in their engagement with the inquest (death investigation) process conducted by a coroner under the Coroners Acts 1962-2020. It seeks to give families a roadmap of the law, standards and procedures that apply at inquests, with a particular emphasis on the protection of human rights…

This new research from the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (“the Commission”) authored by Rory Hearne and Judy Walsh, entitled “Housing Assistance and Discrimination – A Scoping Study on the ‘Housing Assistance Ground’ under the Equal Status Acts 2000-2018” sets out how tenants face multiple discrimination in accessing, or maintaining, a rented home in…

Commission submission to the Minister for Justice on the General Scheme of the Garda Síochána (Digital Recording) Bill (the ‘General Scheme’). The Commission and its predecessor body, the Irish Human Rights Commission, have previously highlighted a range of human rights and equality concerns relating to the recording and storing of images, and the adequacy and…

Grant Scheme 2022-2023 Guidance Document

IHREC 2022-23 Grants Scheme Guidance Document PDF Version  IHREC 2022-23 Grants Scheme Guidance Document Final Word Version

The Commission welcomes the opportunity to provide the Joint Committee on Justice with its submission on the General Scheme of the Criminal Justice (Hate Crime) Bill which it hopes will assist the Committee in its pre-legislative scrutiny of the Bill. The Commission has previously raised a number of human rights and equality issues arising in…

The Commission previously made a submission to the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination in October 2019, in respect of Ireland’s combined fifth to ninth periodic reports under the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination. In its 2019 Concluding Observations, the Committee requested that the Government of Ireland provide…

The Code of Practice has been prepared by IHREC with the approval of the Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth and after consultation with relevant organisations representing equality interests. The code seeks to promote the development and implementation of policies and procedures that establish working environments free of harassment in which the dignity…

This Code of Practice has been prepared by IHREC with the approval of the Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth and after consultation with relevant organisations representing equality interests. The code seeks to promote the development and implementation of procedures that establish workplaces where employees receive equal pay for like work. The code…

Ráiteas Straitéise 2022–2024

Ráiteas Straitéise 2022–2024 Sainaithnítear sa ráiteas straitéise seo na réimsí seo a leanas a chreidimid ba cheart tús áite a thabhairt dóibh laistigh de chomhthéacs ár gcuid oibre. Tosaíocht Straitéiseach 1: Comhionannas geilleagrach Féachfaimid le comhionannas geilleagrach níos fearr a bhaint amach i dtithíocht, fostaíocht, ioncam agus le haghaidh cúramóirí Tosaíocht Straitéiseach 2: Ceartas Cosnóimid…

Strategy Statement 2022-2024

IHREC Strategy Statement 2022-2024 This Strategy Statement identifies the following areas which we believe deserve to be prioritised within the context of our work. Economic equality We will seek greater economic equality in housing, employment, income and for carers Justice We will defend access to justice and the rule of law in the international protection…

Is it discriminatory that the parents of a child with a severe disability, who needs continual care, be refused access to the Domiciliary Care Allowance (‘DCA’) because of the time the child has spent in hospital? The Supreme Court on 18 January 2022 heard arguments in a significant disability rights case where the Irish Human…

Recommendations on the Review of the Equality Acts

In June 2021, the Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth announced a review of the Equality Acts, including the Equal Status Acts 2000-2018  and the Employment Equality Acts 1998-2015. In our role as Ireland’s National Equality Body ,The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission welcomes the opportunity to make this initial submission on the…