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The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission has published accounts of seven local authority equality action plans that address issues arising in the provision of Traveller accommodation and services. The accounts have been published alongside the Commission's annual report, amid a warning from th

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The State has made a significant concession in the ongoing campaign by survivors of historical abuse in schools to access redress by settling 10 High Court actions challenging the State’s refusal to admit them to its most recent redress scheme. In April, the Irish Human Rights and Equality Com

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A disability discrimination claim brought by a person with a serious visual impairment against a healthcare service which insisted on communicating appointment dates through letters has been settled. The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission provided legal assistance to the person in respect of

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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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Irish equality law should be urgently updated to prohibit discrimination on the basis of socio-economic status, the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission has said. In a policy paper published yesterday, the rights body said this "would recognise that those with a disadvantaged socio-economic st

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The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission has been granted leave from the High Court to exercise its amicus curiae function in a significant case focused on redress for survivors of historic child sexual abuse in schools. As amicus curiae in KW v the Minister for Education, the Government of Ir

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A man who was forced to retire at the age of 66 has settled a discrimination claim with assistance from the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission. The man brought a claim under the Employment Equality Acts after his employer of more than a decade made him retire on reaching the age of 66. He ha

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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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The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission has provided legal assistance to a woman who referred a complaint of victimisation against a former employer to the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC). The woman alleged that, following a complaint of sexual harassment she made against the director of

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The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (IHREC) has welcomed Gymnastics Ireland's agreement to undertake an equality review. IHREC had used its legal powers, under Section 32(1)(a) of the 2014 IHREC Act, to invite Gymnastics Ireland to carry out an equality review of its services.

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Ireland is violating the economic, social and cultural (ESC) rights of "entire sections" of Irish society, the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission has told the UN. The rights body has submitted its report to the UN committee on economic, social and cultural rights as part of Ireland's fourth

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Sinéad Gibney has announced plans to resign as chief commissioner of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission in March. Ms Gibney is resigning in order to seek nomination as a candidate in elections this June, according to a statement issued by the Commission. It did not provide further

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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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