IHREC



Rights watchdog expresses 'serious concern' at use of spit hoods by gardaí

The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission has expressed serious concern at reports of garda using anti-spit guards on children and vulnerable people with mental health issues.

Published 23 September 2020

Oireachtas told emergency COVID-19 legislation must be the 'exception not the norm'

The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission has told Oireachtas members that emergency legislation related to COVID-19 must be used only exceptionally and be subject to strict human rights standards and oversight.

Published 10 September 2020

Rights watchdog urges further action on women's rights

The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (IHREC) has told the UN that Ireland has not done enough under its human rights obligations for women's rights.

Published 24 August 2020

Rights watchdog voices concern for safety and well-being of asylum seekers

Ireland's human rights watchdog has written to Justice Minister Helen McEntee to set out ongoing concerns for the safety and well-being of people in the Direct Provision system during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Published 19 August 2020

Asylum seekers' right to work 'undermined' by driving license ban

Asylum seekers' right to work is being undermined because they are denied access to driving licenses, the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (IHREC) has said.

Published 30 July 2020

Marriages of convenience not void in law after ministerial determination

A marriage is not void in law just because the Minister of Justice has found it to be a marriage of convenience, the Supreme Court has ruled in a landmark judgment.

Published 28 July 2020

Rights watchdog calls for action to protect disability rights during crises

Disabled people will continue to see their rights being undermined at times of crisis unless law, practice, and policy underpinning the rights of people with disabilities is made more resilient, the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission has said.

Published 20 July 2020

Number of people receiving legal support from human rights commission doubles

More than twice as many people received legal advice or representation from the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (IHREC) last year than the year before, the rights watchdog has revealed.

Published 8 July 2020

Sunniva McDonagh SC to return to human rights watchdog

Barrister Sunniva McDonagh SC has been recommended by ministers for appointment to the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (IHREC).

Published 7 July 2020

Eliminating racial discrimination in Ireland

The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission reflects on racism in Ireland on the occasion of the twentieth anniversary of the Race Equality Directive coming into force.

Published 29 June 2020

Citizens who came to Ireland as refugees win family reunification case in Supreme Court

Two people who came to Ireland as refugees but were subsequently naturalised as Irish citizens were unlawfully denied access to the family reunification scheme, the Supreme Court has found in a landmark ruling.

Published 22 June 2020

Process to revoke Irish citizenship 'lacks robust safeguards'

The process under which Irish citizenship can be revoked lacks robust procedural safeguards, the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission has said.

Published 17 June 2020

Eight rights experts recommended for human rights watchdog

Eight lawyers, academics and human rights experts have been recommended for appointment to serve on the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (IHREC).

Published 15 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

Rights watchdog calls for 'close parliamentary oversight' of coronavirus laws

Ireland's human rights watchdog has called for "close parliamentary oversight" of emergency legislation introduced in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Published 27 April 2020