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.

ICCL to Address Convention on the Constitution on Provision for Same-Sex Marriage

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  • April 12, 2013

The ICCL is greatly honoured to be invited to share our knowledge and expertise with the members of the Convention on the Constitution this weekend during its deliberations this Saturday (13 April 2013) on opening marriage up to same-sex couples. This weekend's discussion at the Convention on the Constitution is a golden opportunity to address one of the last bastions of legal discrimination in Ireland: the exclusion of same sex couples from full civil marriage.

 You can follow both the Constitutional Convention webstream & twitter feed (#ccven) tomorrow centrally on our Hear Our Voices civil society initiative website: www.hearourvoices.ie.

Our submission to the Convention is available to read HERE.


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  • April 12, 2013
  UNPRECEDENTED SUPPORT FOR MARRIAGE EQUALITY AHEAD OF CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION THIS WEEKEND  Joint News Release  Marriage Equality, Gay and Lesbian Equality Network, Irish Council for Civil Liberties  Dublin, 12th April 2013 An unprecedented 10...

Rights Watchdog to Make the Case for Equal Marriage to Constitutional Convention

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  • April 10, 2013
Press release, for immediate releaseDublin, 10 April 2013Ireland's independent human rights watchdog, the Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL), has been invited to make a presentation to the Convention on the Constitution during the constitutiona...

Proposals Herald "Partial Thaw" in Institutional Discrimination says Rights Watchdog

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  • March 13, 2013
Press release, 13 March 2013 Ireland’s human rights watchdog, the Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) has today (13 March 2013) welcomed legislative proposals that it says could lead to a "partial thaw" in institutional discrimination against...

European Court Crucifix case draws “bright line” between religious freedom and discrimination says ICCL

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  • January 15, 2013
Press release, for immediate releaseDublin, Tuesday 15 January 2013The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) today (15 January 2013) has drawn a “bright line” between the protected right to freedom of religious expression, and the prohibition of...

Know Your Rights - Civil Partners and Other Same Sex Couples

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  • December 20, 2012


The latest in the ICCL's Know Your Rights series will be launched tonight by the Chief Justice, the Hon. Mrs Justice Susan Denham in the Four Courts.

Know Your Rights: The Rights and Obligations of Civil Partners and other Same-Sex Couples is the latest in the ICCL’s Know Your Rights public information series, which is designed to inform people in clear and accessible language about their rights under key areas of the law. The pack was produced in partnership with the Gay and Lesbian Equality Network (GLEN) and was authored by Dr Fergus Ryan of Dublin Institute of Technology. It explains in plain English the rights and obligations created by the Civil Partnership and Certain Rights and Obligations of Cohabitants Act 2010. The pack will be available for free download from this page, via GLEN's website (www.glen.ie) and via www.knowyourrights.ie from later this evening (20 December 2012).

Sherrard Street Becomes “Equality Street” as Youthreach Student Scoops ICCL Youthreach Human Rights Prize

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  • November 14, 2012


Grace Callery (right) Sherrard Street Youthreach Centre, winner of the ICCL Youthreach Human Rights competition here with Sinead Kennedy of RTE Two Tube. Her winning entry was a branding campaign on equality called 'D1 Equality Street' here holding some of her design work. Photo by Derek Speirs

More details HERE.


Equal status cases enter “uncharted waters”, conference hears

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  • October 23, 2012
Press release, for immediate release Tuesday 23 October 2012 Cases under the Equal Status Acts, which prohibit discrimination in the provision of goods and services, are entering “uncharted waters”, a high-profile equality conference in Dublin...

New ICCL Legal Textbook Launched!

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  • October 18, 2012

Equal Status Acts 2000-2011

Discrimination in the Provision of Goods and Services

by Judy Walsh.

Book Author Judy Walsh with Senator Katherine Zappone 23.10.12

Author Judy Walsh, Head of the Equality Studies Centre at the UCD School of Social Justice with Senator Katherine Zappone, who launched the book today, 23 October 2012, at the Law Society in Dublin

Now available to buy - download an order form HERE.

Launch press release available HERE.

More detail of the launch conference, 'The Future of Anti-Discrimination Law in Ireland', taking place today, 23 October 2012, available HERE.


ICCL Welcomes Ministers’ Gay Marriage Pledges

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  • July 2, 2012
Press release for immediate release Monday 2 July 2012 Ireland’s human rights watchdog, the Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) has today (2 July 2012) welcomed the public statements of support for gay marriage by the Tánaiste, Eamon Gilmore ...
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