Disability



'Legislative relic' banning wards of court from marrying repealed

A 200-year-old law preventing wards of court from marrying has been repealed following a legal challenge.

Published 4 February 2021

Former midwifery student settles disability discrimination case against QUB

A former midwifery student at Queen's University Belfast has settled a disability discrimination case against the university for £20,000.

Published 4 December 2020

Draft of Ireland's first report under UN disability convention published

The government has published a consultation draft of Ireland's first state report under the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which was ratified by the State in 2018.

Published 3 December 2020

Geraldine McGahey: Disability Discrimination Act still needed 25 years on

Geraldine McGahey, chief commission of the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland, notes the continued importance of the landmark Disability Discrimination Act 1995.

Published 3 December 2020

Man with intellectual disability to challenge laws preventing marriage

A man with an intellectual disability has gone to the High Court to challenge laws preventing him from marrying.

Published 19 November 2020

Court of Appeal: High Court’s refusal of wardship adjournment set aside

The Court of Appeal has overturned the ruling of then-president of the High Court, Mr Justice Peter Kelly, refusing to adjourn an inquiry into whether a man with a moderate learning disability who wanted to marry should be made a ward of court.

Published 11 August 2020

High Court: Disability employment claim remitted to the Labour Court

The High Court has allowed the appeal of Robert Cunningham, a prison officer employed by the Irish Prison Service (IPS).

Published 16 June 2020

Disabled prison officers have right to reasonable workplace accommodations

Disabled prison officers have a right to reasonable workplace accommodations to facilitate their work, judges have ruled.

Published 9 June 2020

England: Disabled people in legal profession face severe discrimination

Disabled people working in the legal profession face outmoded practices that hamper their efforts to build successful careers, according to a new study by researchers at Cardiff University.

Published 30 January 2020

New report to examine rights for prisoners with disabilities

The Irish Penal Reform Trust (IPRT) will tomorrow launch a new research report examining the experiences of prisoners with disabilities, and the difficulties they face navigating prison services.

Published 14 January 2020

Human rights commission to bring forward legal code of practice on disability discrimination

A new legal code of practice will be brought forward by the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission to promote greater employment of disabled people, the body has said.

Published 7 October 2019

Workplace Relations Commission: Man with severe speech impediment awarded €15,000 in disability discrimination complaint

A man who was terminated without notice after working with a machinery manufacturing company for nearly a year has been awarded €15,000 in the Workplace Relations Commission.

Published 2 October 2019

Deirdre Malone: Supreme Court clarifies the test for reasonable accommodation

Deirdre Malone, partner in the employment team at Ronan Daly Jermyn, considers the latest developments in a long-running disability discrimination case.

Published 5 September 2019

Supreme Court: Labour Court must reconsider disability discrimination case

The Supreme Court has held that the Employment Equality Acts requires the distribution of essential duties must be considered as part of a “reasonable accommodation” to accommodate employees with a disability, and that the Court of Appeal erred in making a distinction between “tasks” and “duties” when interpreting the legislation.

Published 1 August 2019

Court of Appeal: BT loses appeal against finding that it was liable for disability discrimination

BT has lost an appeal against the finding that it was liable for disability discrimination for failing to make reasonable adjustments in its recruitment process for a man with Asperger’s Syndrome.

Published 31 July 2019