Inputs Sought on New Human Rights and Equality Body

The Working Group on the establishment of the new, enhanced Human Rights and Equality Commission is seeking input and ideas from civil society, members of the public and those interested in the future of human rights and equality in Ireland, on key questions arising from their Terms of Reference. This consultation process will help to inform the Working Group’s consideration of the functions, features and priorities of the new Human Rights and Equality Commission.

The Working Group was appointed by the Minister for Justice, Equality and
Defence, Alan Shatter T.D., on 6 October and has met twice to date.

The key questions the Working Group is consulting on are:

     a.        What do people want the new body to do?

     b.        What features and functions does it need to do these things?

     c.        How should it be structured and what working methods should it use
        to achieve the above?

It is intended that the new Commission will be in place by the end of
February 2012. As the Working Group has such a short timeframe for their
work, the closing date for submissions is Wednesday 23 November 2011 at

Contributions should not exceed 1,500 words and may be emailed to

Further information is available from the Working Group’s Secretariat,
Department of Justice and Equality, Floor 2, Bishop’s Square, Redmond’s
Hill, Dublin 2.