Publications

Consultation on Terms of Reference and Work Programme for the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Disability Matters – November 2020 On the day that our Chief Commissioner and Commission Member Dr. Rosaleen McDonagh appear before the Joint Committee on Disability Matters, the Commission  welcomes the opportunity to contribute through this written submission to the development of…

Ahead of our appearance before the Oireachtas Committee on 9 September 2020, the Commission made a written submission on the legislative framework around our COVID-19 response. Under the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission Act 2014, the Commission is mandated to keep under review the adequacy and effectiveness of law and practice in the State…

The Commission previously made a submission to the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women in January 2017, in respect of Ireland’s combined sixth and seventh periodic reports under the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). In its 2017 Concluding Observations, the Committee requested that the Government…

Ireland’s human rights and equality norms are critical to sustainable and effective recovery in relation to COVID. The State is legally bound to respect, protect and fulfil its human rights commitments and has specific obligations under Irish equality legislation, as an employer and as a service provider. These obligations apply both in normal times and…

New research published today reveals the gap between what people say in public about their attitudes to minorities in Ireland, and what they say when afforded anonymity. The study challenges previous assumptions about people’s views, and has implications for policy approaches to foster interculturalism. This study published by the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission …

The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission was invited to contribute to a high-level strategi consultation process led by EU Commission Vice-President Věra Jourová, Values and Transparency, and EU Equality Commissioner Helena Dalli, hosted by the European Commission on 20th July. Below is the opening statement delivered by Commission Member Colm O’Dwyer to that consultation….

The Commission was invited to address the Oireachtas Special Committee on Covid-19 Response Dr. Frank Conaty, Acting Chief Commissioner and Commission Member Professor Caroline Fennell addressed the committee in person on Friday 17 July 2020. Ahead of the Committee meeting the Commission made the following written submission focused on the Impact of COVID-19 on People…

The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission has recommended a review of the Department of Health’s guidance framework on prioritisation in access to critical care in the context of COVID-19. The Commission has made this recommendation in a written submission to the Minister for Health, to ensure this important guidance meets the highest standards of…

On 23 December 2019, the Government of Ireland submitted its 17th National Report to the European Committee of Social Rights (“the Committee”) on the implementation of the European Social Charter (“the Charter”). Comments on Irelands 17th National Report on the Implementation of the European Social Charter – June 2020  Under the simplified reporting procedure, the…

The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission appeared remotely before the Supreme Court as amicus curiae (‘friend of the court’) in the case (Ali Charaf Damache v the Minister for Justice and Equality) which focuses on the process under which Irish citizenship can be revoked. Legal Submissions: FinalSubmissions.FILED.7.2.20

The Cunningham v. Irish Prison Service High Court case looked at whether the Irish Prison Service (IPS) must provide reasonable accommodation under the Employment Equality Acts to prison officers with disabilities. In its judgment delivered on 9th June 2020 in the Cunningham v. Irish Prison Service (IPS) appeal, the High Court held that the Labour…

The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission has contacted Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection Regina Doherty T.D. regarding the exclusion of applicants for International Protection residing in direct provision from the Covid-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment Scheme. Letter to Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection, Regina Doherty T.D.