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 […]

Attitudes to Diversity in Ireland

This research report entitled “Attitudes to Diversity in Ireland” is published jointly by the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission and the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) and looks at Ireland’s increasing diversity and monitors attitudes for the period from 2002-2014. The results for Ireland are also compared with averages from ten other Western European states […]

The Belfast / Good Friday Agreement 1998 (“the 1998 Agreement”) laid down not only a mandate for national human rights institutions in NI and Ireland, but also the mechanism to ensure strong cooperation between them.The 1998 Agreement specifically envisaged the establishment of a Joint Committee with representatives of the two bodies, in NI and Ireland, […]

Discussion Paper on Brexit

This report examines the impact of the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union (Brexit) upon human rights and equality issues. Brexit will significantly re-orientate both Northern Ireland’s (NI’s) established human rights structures and the inter-connected human rights’ infrastructure and relationships across Ireland and the UK. This paper was written by Colin Murray, Aoife O’Donoghue […]

The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission was granted liberty to appear in this appeal as amicus curiae in accordance with section 10(2)(e) of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission Act 2014 by Order dated 20 October 2017.

The main provisions of the Employment (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2017 are amendments to two existing acts, the Organisation of Working Time Act 1997 and the Terms of Employment (Information) Act 1994 (with a consequential amendment to the Workplace Relations Act 2015). These amendments cover different aspects of the employment relationship, and some aspects of enforcement. […]

In this Appeal, the Appellant seeks, inter alia, declarations that he was unlawfully refused permission to leave/detained by the  respondent while a voluntary patient, and, presumably in the alternative, that such rules of law as rendered his alleged detention lawful as a matter of national law are incompatible with Article 5 ECHR. The Irish Human […]