"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".
"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.
"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.
'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.
'Human Rights Begin At Home Says Equality & Rights Alliance' Nov 13 2012
While welcoming the news that Ireland will take a seat at the UN Human Rights Council for the first time next year, ERA said that the new Human Rights and Equality Commission was still not in operation after more than a year's planning and consultation, with all indications that legislation to establish the newly merged body would not now be ready until Spring 2013. In the meantime, Ireland is without a Human Rights Chief Commissioner and the two existing bodies were effectively operating in limbo.