On the 10th of December 2018 the world celebrates the 70th anniversary of the adoption of the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights. This Declaration is a milestone document in the history of human rights. Drafted by representatives with different legal and cultural backgrounds from all regions of the world, the Declaration was proclaimed by […]

The HateTrack Project is an experimental, exploratory research project that combines social, scientific and computational methods to understand online racist speech in the Irish context. The project used insights from civil society and experts in the field of race, racism and hate speech to build a computational tool that harvests and classifies Facebook and Twitter […]

The Commission was grant liberty to appear in these appeals as amicus curiae. The test cases ‘MAM’ and ‘KN’, which are being heard jointly, involve significant human rights issues. In both, the Minister for Justice and Equality refused applications for family reunification from individuals who had been granted refugee status under the Refugee Act 1996 […]

The research, commissioned by the Joint Committee of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission and the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission, was carried out by academics at Newcastle University, Durham University and the University of Birmingham. It recommends that both the Irish and UK Governments should look to secure a “gold standard” approach through […]

On the 1st of October 2018, the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission sought liberty to intervene as amicus curiae. In granting liberty to the Commission to intervene by order on the 2nd of October 2018, the High Court identified the specific areas upon which the Commission might seek to assist the Court in submissions regarding […]

Disability and Discrimination in Ireland Report – Easy to Read Summary This easy to read document is a summary of a report. The report looked into discrimination against people with disabilities in Ireland between the years 2004, 2010 and 2014. Discrimination is when people are not treated fairly compared to other people or groups. The […]

Disability and Discrimination in Ireland

This report provides a detailed account of the experience of discrimination for people with disabilities in Ireland. Using the Equality module of the Quarterly National Household Survey (QNHS), this report examines the extent to which people with disabilities experience higher rates of discrimination across a range of life settings or domains compared to people without […]

Policy statement on Article 41.2 of the Constitution of Ireland

In this statement the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission sets out a summary of equality and human rights concerns with respect to Article 41.2 and suggests how these might be addressed. Issues considered include: Gender stereotyping; Recognition of care work; Previous proposals on Article 41.2; and Approaches to reform, focusing on the concept of family […]

Annual Report 2017

The Annual Report 2017 of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission  

This report examines several different aspects of discrimination and inequality relating to housing: accessing housing; housing quality; and a profile of the homeless population. The results are disaggregated according to different population groups, which enable us to identify if any groups experience more discrimination than others. This report gives us a better understanding of access to […]

Tá aird mar is cuí tugtha ar na Treoirlínte a d’eisigh an Roinn Cultúir, Oidhreachta agus Gaeltachta agus an scéim seo á hullmhú. Ina theannta sin, tugadh faoi phróiseas cuimsitheach comhairliúcháin leis na páirtithe leasmhara uile.

In the preparation of this scheme, due regard has been given to the Guidelines issues by the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. In addition, there has been a comprehensive process of consultation with relevant stakeholders, whose views and suggestions have informed the scheme.

In November 2017, the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission hosted two major conferences on the Public Sector Equality and Human Rights Duty. The purpose of these was to assist public bodies to understand their statutory obligations under the Duty, to network and to share good practice. To capture the information and learnings from these events, we […]

In May 2017 the Supreme Court held that in circumstances where there is no time limit on the asylum process, the absolute prohibition on seeking employment is unconstitutional. On 9 February 2018 the Court made a declaration striking down the relevant legal provisions. In response to the Supreme Court judgment, the Government has indicated its […]

Retirement and Fixed-Term Contracts Guidelines

The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission  has published guidance for employers and employees to seek to ensure that older workers, who wish to continue in employment, are not discriminated against in Irish workplaces. The guidance focuses on the threat of discrimination arising from the offering of fixed-term contracts to persons over the compulsory retirement […]

Tracey Supreme Court Amicus

The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission was invited by the Supreme Court to intervene in these proceedings as Amicus Curiae (Friend of the Court). The ground to which this appeal is confined relates only to the manner in which a finding of contempt of court was made against the Appellant. Accordingly, the Commission, in its […]