Welcome to The Equality Authority Website

The Equality Authority has merged with the Irish Human Rights Commission to become the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission. This website will close down shortly.

All information on the Employment Equality Acts and the Equal Status Acts is now available on the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission’s website www.ihrec.ie or please call the LoCall: 1890 245 545 or email: info@ihrec.ie for further assistance.

The Equality Authority is an independent body set up under the Employment Equality Act 1998. It was established on 18th October 1999.

The Equality Authority replaced the Employment Equality Agency, and has a greatly expanded role and functions. The Employment Equality Act, 1998 and the Equal Status Act, 2000 outlaw discrimination in employment, vocational training, advertising, collective agreements, the provision of goods and services and other opportunities to which the public generally have access on nine distinct grounds.


Equality in Action - 17th October 2014
Promoting Equality Mainstreaming in the Further Education and Training Sector
The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission Designate is announcing its Annual Equality Mainstreaming Conference on October 14th 2014 in Dublin Castle (from 9.30 am to 1.30 pm). The title of the conference is: "Think Equality, Act Equality". The conference will showcase and share good practice in equality mainstreaming approaches that have been applied in the further education and training sector and within organisations responsible for delivering active labour market programmes. The conference will also showcase projects that have been funded to stimulate workplaces to take action on equality and to encourage employers to be planned and systematic in their approaches to workplace equality.
E-learning course on Equality - 2nd September 2014
E-learning course for front line public sector staff
IHREC Appoint New Director - 28th August 2014
IHREC Designate announces Sinead Gibney as their new director
Equality Authority Launches Observations on the Gender Recognition Bill 2014
IHREC Designate Invite - 1st August 2014
Observations on the Revised General Scheme of the Gender Recognition Bill 2014
Applications sought for Director's Post
Equality Mainstreaming Supports for the Further Education and Training Sector
Mother and Baby Homes - 10th June 2014
Press Release
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