Disability

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A deaf woman who was effectively refused access to a public service with the assistance of an Irish Sign Language interpreter has settled a disability discrimination claim with the assistance of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission. The woman attempted to access the service over the teleph

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Digital exam papers will be made available to Junior Certificate students with additional needs following a legal challenge taken by a student with a severe visual impairment, assisted by the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission. The rights body acknowledged the work of Community Law & Med

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Plans to ratify the Optional Protocol to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) are moving forward with the establishment of a new inter-departmental group. The new group will include all relevant government departments as well as the Office of the Attorney General, an

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Law student Alannah Murray offers a critical perspective on the upcoming referendum on 'care'. “The State recognises that the provision of care, by members of a family to one another by reason of the bonds that exist among them, gives to Society a support without which the common good cannot b

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A blind man who made a complaint of disability discrimination against his bank has secured a settlement with legal assistance from the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission. The man experienced ongoing difficulties in using the online banking services of a high-street bank. His first difficulty

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The wording of the government's proposed constitutional amendments on family and care may remove "offensive" references to women but risk introducing new "harmful stereotypes" about disabled people, an influential legal rights group has warned. FLAC has written to the Taoiseach, the equality ministe

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Sofiya Kalinova has become the first Deaf person to qualify as a barrister in Ireland and the first to practice law in Irish Sign Language (ISL). A graduate of University College Dublin and the King's Inns, Ms Kalinova was called to the Bar by Chief Justice Donal O'Donnell yesterday.

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A disability discrimination case brought against a Belfast primary school with support from the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland has been settled without admission of liability. The parents of Violet Heasley, who lives with osteogenesis imperfecta (brittle bone disease), brought a case again

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Plans for a Northern Ireland disability strategy and a Disability Forum aimed at improving the lives of persons with disabilities have not been able to move forward because of the lack of a Northern Ireland Executive. The lack of progress in a wide range of areas has been highlighted in a joint subm

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A deaf woman who was told she would have to pay for her own interpreter to take part in a Griffith College course designed to prepare students for the King's Inns entrance exams has been awarded €3,000 by the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC). Sofiya Kalinova was represented by the Irish Hum

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A right to independent living should be incorporated into Irish law in order to ensure that disabled people can live "ordinary lives in ordinary places", an Oireachtas committee has recommended. A new report from the Oireachtas joint committee on disability matters issues a number of recommendations

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The HSE is applying the Disability Act 2005 in a way that undermines rather than upholds disability rights in Ireland, the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission has told the Court of Appeal. Appearing as amicus curiae in the case of OB, the watchdog said the manner in which the HSE carries out

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