IHREC



Ministers urged to make annual Dáil statement on progress of implementing UN disability convention

Government ministers should make an annual Dáil statement on how Ireland is meeting its human rights obligations for disabled people, the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission has said.

Published 17 June 2021

'Decent work' report sets out inequalities in Irish employment market

Young people, people with disabilities, Travellers and East European migrants are at much higher risk of disadvantage around employment and have less access to "decent work" in Ireland, a new report has found.

Published 3 June 2021

Human rights commission to intervene in criminal appeal over fair trial rights in Special Criminal Court

Ireland's human rights and equality watchdog has been granted permission to intervene in a criminal appeal concerning fair trial rights in the Special Criminal Court.

Published 19 May 2021

Bank of Ireland changes policies to allow asylum seekers to open accounts

Asylum seekers can now open a bank account with Bank of Ireland following an intervention by the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission.

Published 12 April 2021

IHREC raises concerns with online safety bill

The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission has set out concerns that a new law being prepared to build online safety and strengthen media regulation, has no detail on the role or functions of a proposed new Online Safety Commissioner.

Published 15 March 2021

An Post pays €18k compensation to woman in age discrimination case

An Post will pay €18,000 in compensation to an employee who was discriminated against on the basis of her age after withdrawing its appeal to the Labour Court.

Published 10 March 2021

Government blurred line between law and guidance in Covid-19 response

The Irish government has "repeatedly blurred the boundary between legal requirements and public health guidance" in its response to the Covid-19 response, according to new research.

Published 25 February 2021

Human rights commission to intervene in asylum seekers driving licence case

Ireland's human rights watchdog has been granted permission to act as amicus curiae in a case concerning the National Driving Licence Service’s (NDLS) refusal to permit asylum seekers to exchange their foreign driving licences for Irish ones.

Published 24 February 2021

IHREC: Burials law must engage with families of mother and baby homes victims

Women and families affected by mother and baby homes should play a key role in drafting a new law to provide dignified burials for victims left in mass graves, the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission has said.

Published 22 February 2021

Legislation required before revocation of citizenship can take place again

New legislation will have to be passed by the Oireachtas before any naturalised Irish citizens can be stripped of their citizenship following a Supreme Court ruling.

Published 11 February 2021

Assisted dying bill needs 'further safeguards'

Proposed legislation allowing for physician-assisted dying in Ireland requires "further safeguards", the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission has said.

Published 3 February 2021

Supreme Court issues 'very significant' ruling on right of parents and children

The Supreme Court has issued a "very significant" ruling in a case focusing on the medical treatment of an 11-year-old boy who suffered life-changing neurological injuries, Ireland's human rights watchdog has said.

Published 25 January 2021

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