Press Releases

The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission has today responded with immediate concern about plans announced by the Minister of State for Special Education and Inclusion, to accommodate children with autism and other disabilities in the Dublin area in “Special Educational Needs” centres from September. The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission is Ireland’s independent…

The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (‘the Commission’) has called for significant review and reform Irish mental health policy and law, including specifically our law relating to children. In its recommendations published today on the General Scheme of the Mental Health (Amendment) Bill made to the Oireachtas Joint Sub-Committee on Mental Health, the Commission notes that…

Commission to Appear as Amicus Curiae in Case The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (‘the Commission’) has been granted liberty by the Supreme Court to exercise its amicus curiae (‘friend of the court’) function in a significant case relating to surrogacy, citizenship and children’s rights. The case examines the citizenship of a child (known as ‘C’) born through…

Information to assist bereaved families involved with the Inquest process has been published today by the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (the Commission). The new Information Note on the Rights of Families at Inquest gives families a road-map of the existing law, standards and procedures that apply at inquests with a particular focus on…

Tenants Cannot Sometimes Even Discover Landlords Address to File Discrimination Complaint Tenants are often unable to make discrimination complaints about their landlords within the necessary 2 month timeframe because they cannot find out their landlord’s address, new research published today has shown. This is one of several barriers facing tenants and prospective tenants where they…

New IHREC eLearning Module Now Available on Equality and Human Rights The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission has today launched a new online learning module to support public servants’ understanding of the human rights and equality obligations of their work. The new e-Learning module was formally launched at an event today by the Minister…

The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (“the Commission”) has noted with concern the Council of Europe findings that the State continues to be in breach of its human rights obligations under the Revised European Social Charter to provide appropriate accommodation to Travellers and to social housing tenants in Ireland. The Revised European Social Charter…