Disabled people 'left behind' in Covid-19 planning

Disabled people are being "left behind" and excluded from decision-making when it comes to Covid-19 planning by the State, the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission has warned.

Published 14 January 2021

Retired Air Corps captain awarded €117k in compensation for gender discrimination

A former captain in the Air Corps who suffered discrimination on the basis of her gender has been awarded €117,800 in compensation, the maximum possible.

Published 23 December 2020

Courts must balance and protect constitutional rights of children

Courts considering medical treatment for a child must balance and protect their constitutional rights as a child, with due regard to the rights of their parents, the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission has reaffirmed.

Published 21 December 2020

New poll shows wide support in Ireland for human rights

The overwhelmingly majority of people in Ireland believe that human rights are important for creating a fairer society, according to new research published by the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission.

Published 10 December 2020

HAP recipient wins compensation for letting agency discrimination

A man who was discriminated against by a letting agency for being a recipient of the Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) has won compensation through the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC).

Published 20 November 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

Call for discrimination on basis of criminal conviction to be banned

Discrimination on the ground of criminal conviction should be banned in equality legislation, the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission has said.

Published 9 November 2020

Ban on over-35s becoming gardaí ruled unlawful

A ban on over-35s applying to become gardaí is discriminatory and unlawful, the Workplace Relations Commission has ruled.

Published 5 November 2020

IHREC becomes Ireland’s National Rapporteur on Human Trafficking

The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (IHREC) has been designated as Ireland’s independent national rapporteur on human trafficking, for the purposes of EU anti-human trafficking legislation.

Published 22 October 2020

Watchdogs press UK government over commitment to Good Friday Agreement

Human rights and equality watchdogs north and south of the border have called on the UK government to ensure the controversial Internal Market Bill does not breach the Good Friday Agreement.

Published 15 October 2020

Process of revoking Irish citizenship ruled unlawful

The Supreme Court has ruled that the existing procedure to revoke Irish citizenship from people who acquire Irish nationality is unconstitutional.

Published 14 October 2020

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