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IRELAND: Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission

General Contact Information

Full name in English:

Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission

Full name in the national language(s):

Coimisiún na hÉireann um Chearta an Duine agus Comhionannas

Postal address:
16 – 22 Green Street Dublin 7 D07 CR20

General email address:

+ 353 (0) 1 8589601

Telephone number:

+ 353 (0) 1 8589601



Languages in which your institution can be contacted:

English, Gaeilge

Person of contact for media enquiries:

Brian Dawson

Name of the Head of the equality body:

To be appointed

Contact Person


Ruth Gallagher


Main Informations


The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission is Ireland’s national human rights and equality institution.
We are an independent public body that accounts to the Oireachtas, with a mandate established under the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission Act 2014 (IHREC Act 2014). The IHREC Act includes and further enhances the functions of the former Irish Human Rights Commission and the former Equality Authority.
Our purpose is to protect and promote human rights and equality in Ireland and build a culture of respect for human rights, equality and intercultural understanding across Irish society.

Brief history

The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission was established on 1 November 2014, under the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission Act 2014. In undertaking its mandate the Commission is obliged by section 10(3) of the Act to exercise its functions with a view to encouraging and supporting the development of a society in which:

- There is respect for, and protection of, each person’s human rights
- There is respect for the dignity and worth of each person
- A person’s ability to achieve his or her potential is not limited by prejudice, discrimination, neglect or prohibited conduct
- Each person has a fair and equal opportunity to participate in the economic, political, social or cultural life of the State
- There is mutual respect between persons, including classes of persons, based on a shared understanding of the value of diversity within society and on a shared respect for equality and human rights

Mandate type
  • Predominantly promotion-type and legal support body
Litigation powers
  • Formally deciding on complaints (e.g. decision or recommendation addressed to the parties) Not legally binding
Other statistics
Number of inquiries handled per year (all contact even if not resulting in a formal complaint)49053585359429502994987
Number of cases handled per year (case files opened and processed according to your procedures)33228919616412553
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  • Single headed equality body (led by director or ombudsman/commissioner)
Number of staff dealing with equality issues
Grounds and fields of discrimination covered by the equality body
GroundsFieldsEmploymentEducationHousingSocial Protection & HealthcareGoods & ServicesOther
Gender IdentityyesyesyesyesyesHealthcare
Race and Ethnic OriginyesyesyesyesyesHealthcare
Sexual OrientationyesyesyesyesyesHealthcare
Religion & Beliefyesyesyesyesyes
Operating budget in euros
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