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.

Invite: Know Your Rights – A Guide for Older People

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  • May 26, 2016
Invite: Know Your Rights – A Guide for Older People   What is Know Your Rights: A Guide for Older People? The Guide provides up to date practical information on the rights of older people in Ireland on a range of issues. The launch will be followe...

Rights Group Scoops “Community Group of the Year” Award for Yes Equality Campaign

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  • December 7, 2015
Rights Group Scoops “Community Group of the Year” Award for Yes Equality Campaign Ireland’s independent human rights watchdog, the Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) has been awarded the prestigious “Community Group of the Year” award...

Marriage equality commencement order “brings down the curtain” on successful YesEquality coalition

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  • November 26, 2015

The signature of the Marriage Act 2015 commencement order at Dublin Castle on 10 November 2015 makes full civil marriage equality for same sex couples a reality and “brings down the curtain” on the successful YesEquality coalition of the Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL), GLEN (Gay and Lesbian Equality Network) and Marriage Equality.

Marriage equality commencement order “brings down the curtain” on successful YesEquality coalition

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  • November 10, 2015
Marriage equality commencement order “brings down the curtain” on successful YesEquality coalition The signature of the Marriage Act 2015 commencement order at Dublin Castle this afternoon (10 November 2015) makes full civil marriage equality fo...

Power crime probe closure “clears the path” for incitement to hatred complaint, says ICCL

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  • November 10, 2015
Closure of DPP probe clears the path for complaint to Press Ombudsman. ICCL Press Release, for immediate release Tuesday 10 November  2015 Ireland’s independent human rights watchdog, the Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) has noted that, fo...

Plaudits as Marriage Equality Becomes the "Law of the Land"

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  • October 22, 2015
Plaudits as Marriage Equality Becomes the "Law of the Land"Press release – for immediate releaseDublin, 22 October 2015Ireland's independent human rights watchdog, the Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) has hailed the passing of the Marriage ...

ICCL welcomes publication of Marriage Bill 2015

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  • September 16, 2015
ICCL Press release 16 September 2015 Ireland’s human rights watchdog the Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) - which along with GLEN and Marriage Equality led the Yes Equality referendum campaign for civil marriage equality - has welcomed the ...

ICCL welcomes commencement of Gender Recognition Act 2015

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  • September 4, 2015
ICCL Press release 4 September 2015 Ireland’s independent rights watchdog, the Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL), has welcomed the signature today (Friday 4 September 2015) by Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection, Joan Burton, of the...

Marriage Equality Act a "vindication of the will of voters" says ICCL

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  • August 29, 2015
Ireland's human rights watchdog, the Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) has warmly welcomed the signature this evening (29 August 2015) of the Thirty-fourth Amendment of the Constitution (Marriage Equality) Act 2015 by the President of Ireland....

Rights watchdog welcomes latest outworking of marriage equality vote

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  • July 16, 2015
ICCL Statement Thursday 16 July 2015 Ireland’s human rights watchdog, the Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL), has welcomed the passage yesterday of transgender equality legislation as the “latest outworking” of the recent marriage equalit...
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