'Aylward selection for torture post sparks criticism' , Dec 9, 2011

Rachel Mullen, Equality and Rights Alliance co-ordinator, said: “Mr Aylward was in charge of some of the organisations that the committee will now be inspecting, which makes no sense.”

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'Human Rights Institution' Sept 19 2011

If the Minister is serious about the purpose of this merger being “to promote human rights and equality in a more effective, efficient and cohesive way”, then we would hope to see the introduction of legislation to consolidate the powers of this new entity so that the same legal instruments could be deployed across both the equality and human rights strands.

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'Minister announces details of merged human rights body' Sept 10, 2011

The move was greeted cautiously by non-governmental organisations. The Equality and Rights Alliance, a coalition of 170 organisations that campaign for equal rights, said there was no indication of the funding for the new body and combining of the existing budgets would not allow it to fulfil the mandates of the organisations adequately. However the Irish Council for Civil Liberties welcomed the Minister’s stated commitment to the Paris Principles.

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'Equality Board Appointments' July 7 2011

The current board of the Equality Authority is scheduled to complete its term at the end of this month. In keeping with pre-election coalition commitments, not just to equality but to reformed public sector appointments, the new board should be appointed through a publicly advertised procedure administered by the Public Appointments 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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