'Taking a Positive Step to Advance Equality and Protect Human Rights' June 13 2011

The programme for Government 2011 contains a commitment to ‘require all public bodies to take due note of equality and human rights in carrying out their functions’. Such a commitment could be most effectively realized by the introduction of a positive duty for the public sector, including Government Departments, State funded bodies and all public services.

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'Merger of rights authorities urged' April 23 2011

A “roadmap” for a strengthened equality and human rights infrastructure in Ireland has been produced by the Equality and Rights Alliance and has been endorsed by more than 60 organisations, including Age Action Ireland, Barnardos, the Carers’ Association, the Immigrant Council of Ireland, the Irish Traveller Movement, LGBT Noise, the Migrants Rights Centre and Women’s Aid.

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'Rev. Jackson joins the Equality & Rights Alliance to launch Roadmap' Feb 2011

The ERA are the change agents of a new Ireland--you have the power to determine the way forward for Ireland, to empower Ireland as part of the global fight for equality

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'UN to look at State's human rights record' Feb 21 2011

The report says disproportionately large cuts were “an attack on the human rights infrastructure of the State”. It criticises a decision to close the National Consultative Committee on Racism and Interculturalism, which was the only independent national racist incident reporting organisation.

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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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