Equality

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.

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

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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 ...

Submission by the Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) to the Working Group on the Establishment of the Human Rights and Equality Commission

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  • November 29, 2011

The Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) has made a submission to the Working Group on the Establishment of the Human Rights and Equality Commission.

This brief submission highlights some of the shortcomings of the current structures and provides the ICCL’s answers to the three key questions on which the Working Group has sought responses:

What should the new body do?

What features and functions will it need in order to carry out its work?

How should it be structured and what working methods should it use to achieve the above?

The submission is available to download HERE.

Submission by the Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) to the Working Group on the Establishment of the Human Rights and Equality Commission

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  • November 25, 2011

This brief submission highlights some of the shortcomings of the current structures and provides the ICCL’s answers to the three key questions on which the Working Group has sought responses.

ICCL Submission to the Government Consultation on ICESCR, November 2011

  • Publication
  • November 24, 2011

This submission contains the ICCL's comments on Ireland’s draft Third Report under the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.

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