Lawyers appointed to new statutory disability rights committee
Lawyers Adrian Carroll, Eliona Gjecaj and Kieran Murphy have been appointed to serve on a new committee scrutinising Ireland’s record on the rights of disabled people.
The Disability Advisory Committee, made up of 11 members, is the first-ever statutory advisory committee in Ireland to support monitoring of Ireland’s implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD).
The members are appointed by the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission for a three-year term.
Mr Carroll is a law graduate with autism spectrum condition who recently completed a LLM Degree in International and Comparative Disability Law and Policy from NUI Galway. He also holds a LLM (General) (UL), BCL (UL) and a Higher Diploma in Software Engineering and has professional experience with Niall Brosnan & Co Solicitors and SAP.
Ms Gjecaj holds a first-class honours (1:1) LLM Degree in International and Comparative Disability Law and Policy and a 1:1 BA International Degree, both also from NUI Galway.
Mr Murphy is currently the quality and risk manager in the South Infirmary Victoria University Hospital and also lectures in law on the Diploma in Disability Studies in University College Cork (UCC).
Emily Logan, chief commissioner of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission, said: “The question of how Ireland meets its obligations under the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities must be put in the spotlight. This new Disability Advisory Committee will be an important mechanism to ensure that the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission can fulfil its mandate to hold the State to account on the rights of people with disabilities.
“The Members of the Disability Advisory Committee bring with them significant personal and professional experience, and wide expertise in relation to the rights of persons with disabilities in Ireland.”