"Chipping Away Discrimination" June 2014

What would the public sector achieve, if it eliminated discrimination and was pro-actively committed to achieving equality and fulfilling human rights in its employment, through the provision of its services and in its procurement practices?

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"Across Europe Equality Being Obliterated by Austerity" April 28 2014

The goal of a Social Europe should place the reduction of inequalities and the promotion of fundamental rights and social cohesion at the center of EU policy-making to drive economic recovery. Instead a continued emphasis on austerity at EU and member state level has led to rising poverty, unemployment, inequality and social exclusion.

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"Just Publish it" Village Magazine Dec 2013

Legislation to establish the new, merged Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (IHREC) will be published “shortly”. This is the mantra of the Department of Justice and Equality.

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"Economic equality and the democratisation of economic power" 0ct 2013

The protection, promotion and fulfillment of economic, social and cultural rights must be a priority issue for the new Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission. That was the key message from NGO and trade union representatives at an Equality and Rights Alliance seminar on the work of the new Commission.

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"Increased Budget for Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission Welcomed" Dec 19 2013

Rachel Mullen, Coordinator for the Equality and Rights Alliance, pointed out that “while this increased funding is an important step in the right direction, the budget of the new body remains €1.5 million less than the combined budgets of its predecessor bodies (Equality Authority and Irish Human Rights Commission) prior to the disproportionate cutbacks in their budgets in 2009”.

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"Discriminating Section 37 Must be Deleted from Employment Equality Act" November 7 2013

Rachel Mullen, Coordinator of the Equality and Rights Alliance, noted: “any exemption in equality legislation which results in discrimination against another group protected under equality legislation is unacceptable".

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"Strengthened economic, social and cultural rights the way to fight rising discrimination with austerity" Sept 24 2013

Economic, social and cultural rights must be a core focus of the proposed Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (IHREC) if it is to truly challenge the rising levels of discrimination and human rights violations being experienced with austerity. That was the clear message from representatives of over 60 civil society groups, gathered at an Equality and Rights Alliance (ERA) seminar to discuss the future work of the proposed new Commission.

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"Discrimination widespread during recession while state equality and human rights response is languishing" Sept 24 2013

The report, produced by Equality & Rights Alliance (ERA), shows that between 2008 and 2011, cases coming before the Equality Tribunal fell by 33% (down from 996 to 671 cases), cases supported by the Equality Authority plummeted by nearly 66% (from 68 to 23 cases), and the Irish Human Rights Commission granted legal assistance in just three cases in 2011. The issue will be discussed at an ERA seminar, to be opened today by new European Ombudsman, Emily O’Reilly, who will give her views on protecting rights in a time of austerity.

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'Alliance welcomes European analysis that cuts are strangling equality & human rights in Ireland' Feb 19 2013

Equality & Rights Alliance (ERA) said that it welcomed the endorsement by the European Commission Against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) for the alliance’s long standing analysis that severe cuts to Ireland’s equality and human rights bodies had strangled their effectiveness for four years and were now threatening the viability of their proposed merger.

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