The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission is an independent public body, appointed by the President and directly accountable to the Oireachtas. The Commission has a statutory remit set out under the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission Act 2014 to protect and promote human rights and equality in Ireland, and build a culture of respect for human rights, equality and intercultural understanding in the State.
The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission is Ireland’s national human rights institution and is recognised as such by the United Nations. The Commission is also Ireland’s national equality body for the purpose of a range of EU anti-discrimination measures.
The Commission’s goal is a just and inclusive Ireland where human rights and equality are respected, protected and fulfilled for everyone, everywhere.
The Commission’s work is determined independently by the fifteen members of the Commission who are appointed by our Head of State, President Michael D. Higgins. The diverse membership of the Commission broadly reflects the nature of Irish society. Our current Chief Commissioner is Sinéad Gibney.
For further information on the Commission’s work please visit www.ihrec.ie