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. We are an independent public body appointed by the President and directly accountable to the Oireachtas.
IHREC was set up on 1 November 2014 under the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission Act 2014.
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 Commission protects human rights and equality generally, and as set out in the Constitution, national human rights and equality legislation, the European Convention on Human Rights, European Union law, and the many international treaties and conventions that Ireland has committed to respect, protect and fulfil.
Our specific functions include:
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