Equality

Some of our Current Special Projects and Campaigns:

  Equality for All Families

In May 2006, the ICCL published a policy paper entitled Equality for All Families which highlighted very serious inequalities faced by many people in Ireland today such as lone parents, same-sex couples, opposite-sex couples, reconstituted families and unmarried fathers. The central problem in Irish law is the constitutional definition of the family only protects the traditional married family, leaving all others without protection. The ICCL’s ‘Equality for All Families’ campaign is designed to raise awareness of this issue and to build political momentum to amend the Constitution to ensure it protects all families in Ireland.

Equality & Rights Alliance (ERA)

The ICCL is an active member of the Equality & Rights Alliance (ERA) which is a newly-formed coalition of over 50 civil society groups seeking to ensure the promotion and enhancement of human rights, equality and social justice in Ireland. ERA formed in response to the Government’s proposal to merge the Equality Authority, the Equality Tribunal, the National Disability Authority, the Data Protection Commissioner and the Irish Human Rights Commission (IHRC), and is continuing its work in the aftermath of the savage cuts suffered by the IHRC and Equality Authority in the October 2008 budget.

Campaign Groups Welcome Taoiseach’s Announcement of Marriage Referendum in Spring 2015

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  • July 1, 2014
JOINT MEDIA RELEASE: IRISH COUNCIL FOR CIVIL LIBERTIES (ICCL),GAY AND LESBIAN EQUALITY NETWORK (GLEN) AND MARRIAGE EQUALITY   MEDIA RELEASE: 1ST JULY 2014   Campaign Groups Welcome Taoiseach’s Announcement of Marriage Referendum in Spring 2015 T...

Rights Watchdog welcomes EU Parliament's Call to Combat Homophobia

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  • February 4, 2014
Press Release, for immediate releaseTuesday 4 February 2014Ireland’s independent human rights watchdog the Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) welcomed the adoption today (Tuesday 4 February 2014) by the EU Parliament of a resolution calling o...

New Report Highlights Protection Gaps for Crime Victims with Disabilities

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  • January 30, 2014

new Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) study launched today (Thursday 30 January 2014) has highlighted protection gaps for people with disabilities who become victims of crime. The report was authored by Prof Shane Kilcommins, Dr Claire Edwards and Ms Tina O’Sullivan of University College Cork and was commissioned by the Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) with the kind support of the Equality Authority’s Small Grants Fund.

The ‘International Review of Legal Provisions and Supports for People with Disabilities as Victims of Crime’provides an international comparative overview of the legal provisions and supports for crime victims with disabilities, highlighting barriers to accessing justice throughout the pre-trial, trial and post-trial periods of criminal proceedings. The study – the first of its kind – includes a list of practical recommendations on international best practice in this area, including in relation to interpretation, the relaxation of formal procedures, video testimony, and provisions for unsworn testimony.

 The report was launched at The Offices of the National University of Ireland, 49 Merrion Square, Dublin 2, at 10am on Thursday 30 January 2014 by Kieran Rose, the Acting Chair of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (Designate).

Campaign Groups Welcome Government Commitment to Marriage Referendum

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  • November 5, 2013

JOINT MEDIA RELEASE: IRISH COUNCIL FOR CIVIL LIBERTIES (ICCL), GAY AND LESBIAN EQUALITY NETWORK (GLEN) AND MARRIAGE EQUALITY

The Cabinet today (November 5th) accepted the recommendation of the Constitutional Convention and will hold a referendum on civil marriage for lesbian and gay couples in 2015. The decision has been welcomed by campaign groups GLEN, Marriage Equality and the ICCL.

Kieran Rose, GLEN Chair said “We are delighted with the Government’s decision to hold a referendum to provide equal access to civil marriage for lesbian and gay people in 2015. The Government’s acceptance of the Constitutional Convention recommendation is another historic step in the remarkable 20 year journey from gay law reform to full Constitutional equality for lesbian and gay people in Ireland.

 Grainne Healy, Chairwoman, Marriage Equality said, “Marriage Equality is confident that the people of Ireland overwhelmingly support the extension of civil marriage rights to lesbian and gay people. The Government announcement sets a process in motion whereby lesbian and gay couples and our families will finally be accepted as equal citizens in Irish law.” 

Mark Kelly, Director of ICCL said “The Constitutional Convention’s landslide vote in favour of allowing same sex couples to marry was a clarion call for equality which the Government has heard today.  When the people of Ireland vote on this issue in 2015, we will be participating in a final act of legal recognition of the full equality of our gay and lesbian colleagues and neighbours, friends and family”.

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Read full statement HERE.

Campaign Groups Welcome Government Commitment to Marriage Referendum

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  • November 5, 2013
JOINT MEDIA RELEASE: IRISH COUNCIL FOR CIVIL LIBERTIES (ICCL), GAY AND LESBIAN EQUALITY NETWORK (GLEN) AND MARRIAGE EQUALITY MEDIA RELEASE: 5THNOVEMBER 2013   Campaign Groups Welcome Government Commitment to Marriage Referendum The Cabinet today (N...

End “great cruelty” inflicted by new abortion bill, says ICCL

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  • July 24, 2013
24 July 2013Press release – for immediate release Ireland's human rights watchdog, the Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) has today (24 July 2013) echoed calls by Minister for Justice and Equality Alan Shatter TD for an end to the “great cr...

THE COUNTDOWN BEGINS: CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION LODGES REPORT ON MARRIAGE EQUALITY FOR SAME-SEX COUPLES

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  • July 2, 2013

Press Release: 2nd July 2013, Dublin

THE COUNTDOWN BEGINS: CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION LODGES REPORT ON MARRIAGE EQUALITY FOR SAME-SEX COUPLES

Joint News Release

Gay and Lesbian Equality Network (GLEN), Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL), Marriage Equality

In a joint statement today (2nd July 2013), human rights groups Marriage Equality, the Gay and Lesbian Equality Network (GLEN) and the Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) welcomed the delivery of the formal report to the Oireachtas of the Constitutional Convention proceedings on marriage for lesbian and gay couples.

In April, in an historic decision, the Convention voted to recommend that the people be asked in a referendum to change the Constitution to provide for full civil marriage for same sex couples. They also overwhelmingly voted that our laws should be changed to provide legal recognition and protection for lesbian and gay headed families.

Mark Kelly, Director of the ICCL said "Today's report to Government by the Convention on the Constitution is the natural next step on the road to marriage equality for same sex couples in Ireland. The report's message is clear and unequivocal: an overwhelming majority of the delegates to the Convention were convinced that the time is ripe to change the Constitution in order to end the exclusion of same sex couples from full civil marriage. The clock is ticking now for this last bastion of lawful discrimination and the ICCL fully expects that, within no more than four months, the Government will announce that a referendum will be held to bring our Constitution into line with modern equality norms"...

READ MORE HERE

THE COUNTDOWN BEGINS: CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION LODGES REPORT ON MARRIAGE EQUALITY FOR SAME-SEX COUPLE

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  • July 2, 2013
Press Release: 2nd July 2013, Dublin THE COUNTDOWN BEGINS: CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION LODGES REPORT ON MARRIAGE EQUALITY FOR SAME-SEX COUPLES Joint News Release Gay and Lesbian Equality Network (GLEN), Irish Council for Civi...

CAMPAIGNERS WELCOME CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION’S “HISTORIC” ENDORSEMENT OF EQUAL MARRIAGE

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  • April 14, 2013
Joint News Release Marriage Equality, Gay and Lesbian Equality Network (GLEN), Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) Dublin, 14th April 2013 In a joint statement this afternoon (14 April 2013), advocacy groups Marriage Equality, the Gay and Lesbi...

ICCL to Address Convention on the Constitution on Provision for Same-Sex Marriage

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  • April 12, 2013

The ICCL is greatly honoured to be invited to share our knowledge and expertise with the members of the Convention on the Constitution this weekend during its deliberations this Saturday (13 April 2013) on opening marriage up to same-sex couples. This weekend's discussion at the Convention on the Constitution is a golden opportunity to address one of the last bastions of legal discrimination in Ireland: the exclusion of same sex couples from full civil marriage.

 You can follow both the Constitutional Convention webstream & twitter feed (#ccven) tomorrow centrally on our Hear Our Voices civil society initiative website: www.hearourvoices.ie.

Our submission to the Convention is available to read HERE.


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