Minister Shatter publishes Heads of Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission Bill 2012

5 Jun 2012


The Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence is today publishing the General Scheme (Heads) of a Bill to replace the Equality Authority and the Human Rights Commission with a new Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission. The Government agreed this in principle last October and the Minister for Justice and Equality subsequently set up a Working Group to advise him on practical issues, including on powers and functions and other issues for the legislation. The Group reported on 19 April and the Minister is glad to announce that the Government has been able to accept all their recommendations relating to the legislation that is needed to give effect to the merger. The Minister took the opportunity to thank again the members of the Working Group and all the members, including the outgoing members, of the Human Rights Commission and the board of the Equality Authority that had served down through the years for their personal commitment and contribution to the work of these two organisations.