Report calls for law change to allow Northern Ireland people to choose citizenship

British citizenship laws should be rewritten to allow people born in Northern Ireland to choose whether to be treated as a British citizen or as an Irish citizen, a new report has recommended.

Published 27 March 2020

Human rights and equality groups invited to apply for grants

Organisations working on human rights and equality issue have been invited to apply to the Human Rights and Equality Grant Scheme 2020.

Published 12 March 2020

Watchdog recommends measures to boost women's representation in judiciary and law firms

Ireland should take measures to improve women's representation in the judiciary and in leadership roles at law firms, the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (IHREC) has said.

Published 9 March 2020

Driving license agency again found to have discriminated against asylum seeker

The national driver's license agency has been found guilty of discrimination on race grounds against an asylum seeker for the second time in a month.

Published 11 February 2020

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

The Supreme Court is hearing an appeal from two people who came to Ireland as refugees but subsequently naturalised as Irish citizens and were subsequently denied access to the family reunification scheme.

Published 7 February 2020

Supreme Court to hear expedited case on lawfulness of process to revoke citizenship

A significant case concerning the lawfulness of the process under which Irish citizenship can be revoked will be considered by the Supreme Court under an expedited process.

Published 28 January 2020

Asylum seeker suffered indirect discrimination from driving license agency

An asylum seeker suffered indirect discrimination when he was refused a learner driver license, the Workplace Relations Commission has ruled.

Published 17 January 2020

Rights watchdog welcomes Supreme Court ruling on separated parents and housing assistance

The Supreme Court has set out how separated parents exercising joint custody of their children should be treated when applying for social housing assistance in a judgment welcomed by the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (IHREC).

Published 19 December 2019

New hate speech offences should be introduced, watchdog says

New hate speech offences should be introduced to strengthen community cohesion in Ireland, the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (IHREC) has said.

Published 19 December 2019

UN calls for expansion of Ireland's civil legal aid scheme to combat racism

A key UN committee has backed calls for Ireland's civil legal aid scheme to be expanded to help combat racial discrimination in employment and welfare.

Published 16 December 2019

Hate crime motivation 'becomes invisible' at stages of Irish criminal justice process

Judicial discretion in sentencing does not effectively deal with hate crime because the hate motivation "is prone to becoming invisible at various stages of the criminal justice process", Ireland's human rights watchdog has warned.

Published 28 November 2019

Rights watchdog says separated father refused social housing with space for children 'suffered rights violation'

A separated father-of-three who was deemed ineligible for social housing with space for his children suffered a violation of his rights, the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission has said.

Published 8 November 2019

Human rights commission welcomes open appointments process

The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission has welcomed the start of an open process for eight upcoming appointments to the Commission.

Published 25 October 2019

Human rights watchdogs meet to examine draft Brexit deal

The human rights watchdogs north and south of the border have met to review human rights issues on the island of Ireland in light of recent Brexit proceedings.

Published 24 October 2019

Human rights commission argues marriages of convenience are not voided

A marriage is not void in law just because the Minister of Justice has found it to be a marriage of convenience, the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission has told the Supreme Court.

Published 23 October 2019