Some of our Current Special Projects and Campaigns:

  Equality for All Families

In May 2006, the ICCL published a policy paper entitled Equality for All Families which highlighted very serious inequalities faced by many people in Ireland today such as lone parents, same-sex couples, opposite-sex couples, reconstituted families and unmarried fathers. The central problem in Irish law is the constitutional definition of the family only protects the traditional married family, leaving all others without protection. The ICCL’s ‘Equality for All Families’ campaign is designed to raise awareness of this issue and to build political momentum to amend the Constitution to ensure it protects all families in Ireland.

Equality & Rights Alliance (ERA)

The ICCL is an active member of the Equality & Rights Alliance (ERA) which is a newly-formed coalition of over 50 civil society groups seeking to ensure the promotion and enhancement of human rights, equality and social justice in Ireland. ERA formed in response to the Government’s proposal to merge the Equality Authority, the Equality Tribunal, the National Disability Authority, the Data Protection Commissioner and the Irish Human Rights Commission (IHRC), and is continuing its work in the aftermath of the savage cuts suffered by the IHRC and Equality Authority in the October 2008 budget.

Video: Why Marriage Matters

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  • May 16, 2015

Rights Group dismisses “bogus” claims of EU impact of marriage vote

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  • May 13, 2015
  Press Release - for immediate release Wednesday 13 May 2015 The Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) has dismissed as "entirely bogus" claims that that a Yes vote in the marriage equality referendum will have an impact on Ireland's opt out und...

Yes Equality: The Campaign for Civil Marriage Equality Formally Launches

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  • March 10, 2015

YE photocall

Yes Equality supporters pose for press photographers in advance of the launch on Monday 9 March of the campaign at the Rotunda's Pillar Room in Dublin. Photo: ICCL.

Yes Equality: The Campaign for Civil Marriage Equality, a new independent nationwide civil society group was launched yesterday 9 March 2015 at the Rotunda Pillar Room. The group has been formed to coordinate and lead the campaign to win the Marriage Equality Referendum on May 22nd.

Hosted by Charlie Bird, the launch was attended by numerous well known leaders from civil society, and a large representation from social justice organisations, civil society groups, political and faith-based groups, from across Ireland.

The Yes Equality campaign was established by GLEN, Marriage Equality and the ICCL, which have been working for equality for LGBT people for many years. The three organisations have been working together since successfully encouraging the Convention on the Constitution to propose a marriage equality referendum.

The Yes Equality campaign has volunteers and supporters all across the country who have organised into local Yes Equality groups to coordinate the campaign at grassroots level.

Yes Equality is also supported by a wide range of civil society organisations such as trades unions, women’s groups, all political parties, and youth and student organisations. A range of faith based and professional groups including teachers, doctors, psychologists, academics and lawyers, and a diverse range of individuals from all across Irish society – from all age groups. backgrounds, political traditions and religions, are all campaigning hard for a Yes vote.

The campaign has offices in Clarendon Street, Dublin 2 and is registered as company limited by guarantee. LGBT Equality Ltd/Yes Equality is registered as a Third Party with the Standards in Public Office Commission in accordance with the Electoral Acts. All funds raised are compliant with SIPOC Third Party rules.

For more details see the campaign website:



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Rights groups welcome Commission's Policy Statement on access to civil marriage

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  • February 12, 2015
Joint statement by the Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL), Marriage Equality and the Gay and Lesbian Equality Network (GLEN) 12 February 2015 "The Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL), Marriage Equality and the Gay and Lesbian Equality Netw...

ICCL calls on Government to release AG's "legal advice" on foetal abnormality legislation

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  • February 10, 2015
ICCL calls on Government to release AG's "legal advice" on foetal abnormality legislation "Legal privilege should be waived", Council says ICCL Press release, 10 February 2015 Ireland's independent human rights watchdog the Irish Council for Civil ...

Historic Day as Government Publish Wording for Referendum on Marriage Equality

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  • January 21, 2015
Joint Press Release by Gay and Lesbian Equality Network (GLEN), Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) and Marriage Equality Wednesday 21 January 2015 Speaking jointly today (Wednesday 21 January 2015), the Gay and Lesbian Equality Network (GLEN), ...

We are the 80% says ICCL, welcoming pre-campaign equality poll

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  • January 14, 2015
ICCL Press Release Wednesday 14 January 2015 Ireland’s human rights watchdog, the Irish Council for Civil Liberties, has welcomed the results of today’s (Wednesday 14 January) Red C poll, which estimates pre-referendum campaign public support fo...

Rights groups denounce use of BAI complaints procedures to “chill” equality discussions

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  • November 20, 2014
Joint Irish Council for Civil Liberties/ Marriage Equality Press release Thursday 20 November 2014 Two leading human rights organisations, the Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) and Marriage Equality, have strongly criticised the use of Broadc...

Taoiseach Supports Yes Equality- Register to Vote initiative in advance of marriage referendum

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  • November 5, 2014
  Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD (right) pictured with Dale McDermott, President of Young Fine Gael Taoiseach, Enda Kenny has today added his support to the campaign to encourage people to register to vote in advance of the upcoming referendum of civil ma...

Register to Vote Campaign Launched for Civil Marriage Equality Referendum

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  • November 3, 2014
PRESS RELEASE Monday, 3rd November 2014 The Gay and Lesbian Equality Network (GLEN); the Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL); and Marriage Equality, have today (03.11.14) launched Yes Equality, a joint campaign to encourage people to register t...
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