PRESS-COVERAGE

'Labour Party Must Return to Being Equality & Rights Defenders' June 12 2012

Civil society groups have been campaigning collectively, under the banner of the Equality and Rights Alliance, to protect the infrastructure since the massive cuts imposed by the previous government in 2009. Two weeks ago they sent a petition, signed by over 70 NGOs and trade unions, to Alan Shatter calling on him to ensure that four key standards are met to ensure the effective and independent functioning of the new body. So far they have received no response from the minister

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'Human Rights and Equality Bodies to be Merged' June 5 2012

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'Questions Raised Over New Human Rights and Equality Body' June 5 2012

a coalition of over 170 organisation has said it is concerned the new body could be starting on the back foot before it even comes into existence. The Equality and Rights Alliance said it was concerned that the proposals “fall well short of delivering a more effective body as promised by Minister Alan Shatter”.

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"New Workplace Anti-discrimination Service is Disappointing" Village Magazine, May 2012

Accessibility is key to ensuring the new Workplace Relations Service does not further aggravate under-reporting. Some of what is being proposed, however, gives cause for concern.

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ERA RELEASES

"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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