"Engagement Between Civil Society and National Bodies"

ERA Survey of Member Organisations 2013

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ERA Roadmap Launch with guest of honour- Rev Jesse L Jackson


 'Today we are free, but not equal'


Read Rev Jackson's speech here 




Watch Reverend Jackson's Input



ERA Conference Nov 2009:

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'Downgrading Equality and Human Rights- Assessing the Impact' 2009






ERA Monitoring Doc for IHREC

The Equality and Rights Alliance (ERA) was established to seek the highest standards for our equality and human rights infrastructure.  We have developed a range of publications and reports that explore and establish the standards we seek for this infrastructure. 

ERA welcomes IHREC’s strategic plan. We present this draft standard to communicate civil society's hopes and expectations for IHREC, which are based on documents developed by ERA, and to offer support IHREC in achieving this standard. 



ERA Press Release Wednesday 26 October 2016

ERA call for new legal equality ground based on socio-economic status


Ireland at risk of being out of sync with European equality standards on socio-economic ground

Read the press release here


ERA Submissions 

Equality and Rights Alliance Opening Statement to the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Justice and Equality in relaion to the Equality (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 24th January 2018

Submission to ECRI on its fourth monitoring cycle: March 2015


Submission to UN ICC on the accreditation of the IHREC : February 2015


Briefing note to the IHREC on the development of its strategic plan 2014


Observations on the Workplace Relations Bill 2014


Cultural Rights in Ireland: Submission under ICESCR process June 2014

Observations on the IHREC Bill 2014 


Submission to the Equality Authority on S37 Employment Equality Act 


Briefing note to ECRI on their visit to Ireland Feb 2012


Submission to the Constitutional Convention on ESC Rights 


ERA Observations on the Heads of IHREC Bill 2012


Submission to the Oireachtas Justice Committee on the issue of racism and xenophobia: September 2013


ERA Proposed amendments to the Heads of IHREC Bill 2012


Submission to Dept Jobs, Trade and Enterprise on Proposals to establish the Workplace Relations Commisison April 2012


Submission on the Proposed Merger of the IHRC and Equality Authority Oct 2011


Submission on Proposed Merger of Employment Rights Bodies Sept 2011


The Case for A Public Sector Positive Duty  May 2011




ERA Position Papers 









ERA seminar September 2013

Click on the image below to access seminar report and conclusions

(includes speakers inputs and roundtable discussion summaries) 




International Bodies Consistently Raise Concerns Regarding Cuts 

Concerns regarding the erosion of the Irish statutory equality and human rights infrastructure and regarding proposals in the Heads of Bill to establish the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (which will negatively impact on the independence and effectiveness of the IHREC) have been raised by a number of international and EU bodies and experts with the Irish Government since 2008.

Read our summary of the concerns raised


ERA Complaint and Petition to EU 2009

 ERA lodged a legal complaint with the European Commission stating that Ireland is in breach of EU equality law.

Read the Complaint in Full 

A corresponding petition was sent to the EU Parliament 

Read the Petition in full



Equality & Rights Alliance presented its petition to the EU Parliaments petition committee in May 2010.

Speaking at the debate to support ERA were MEPs Proinsias De Rossa, Marian Harkin and Joe Higgins.

Watch the EU Parliament debate in full ( forward to 16:17:10 mins)

RTE news report on the debate




ERA Public Sector Duty Working Group Minutes

The Equality and Rights Alliance has brought members together to begin to look at how Civil Society can develop its own analysis on Public Sector Duty and specific actions we as a collective could look to take in relation to Public Sector Duty. The two initial discussions have taken the ERA Publication "An New Public Sector Equality and Human Rights Duty" as a starting point to investiage how a values-based approach can inform our work. 


The next meeting will take place in the offices of the NWCI at 1pm and for more information email


Minutes of the 1st ERA Public Sector Duty Working Group 


Minutes of the 2nd ERA Public Sector Duty Working Group 


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