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.

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.


UNPRECEDENTED SUPPORT FOR MARRIAGE EQUALITY AHEAD OF CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION THIS WEEKEND

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  • April 12, 2013
  UNPRECEDENTED SUPPORT FOR MARRIAGE EQUALITY AHEAD OF CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION THIS WEEKEND  Joint News Release  Marriage Equality, Gay and Lesbian Equality Network, Irish Council for Civil Liberties  Dublin, 12th April 2013 An unprecedented 10...

Rights Watchdog to Make the Case for Equal Marriage to Constitutional Convention

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  • April 10, 2013
Press release, for immediate releaseDublin, 10 April 2013Ireland's independent human rights watchdog, the Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL), has been invited to make a presentation to the Convention on the Constitution during the constitutiona...

Proposals Herald "Partial Thaw" in Institutional Discrimination says Rights Watchdog

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  • March 13, 2013
Press release, 13 March 2013 Ireland’s human rights watchdog, the Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) has today (13 March 2013) welcomed legislative proposals that it says could lead to a "partial thaw" in institutional discrimination against...

European Court Crucifix case draws “bright line” between religious freedom and discrimination says ICCL

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  • January 15, 2013
Press release, for immediate releaseDublin, Tuesday 15 January 2013The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) today (15 January 2013) has drawn a “bright line” between the protected right to freedom of religious expression, and the prohibition of...

Know Your Rights - Civil Partners and Other Same Sex Couples

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  • December 20, 2012

 

The latest in the ICCL's Know Your Rights series will be launched tonight by the Chief Justice, the Hon. Mrs Justice Susan Denham in the Four Courts.

Know Your Rights: The Rights and Obligations of Civil Partners and other Same-Sex Couples is the latest in the ICCL’s Know Your Rights public information series, which is designed to inform people in clear and accessible language about their rights under key areas of the law. The pack was produced in partnership with the Gay and Lesbian Equality Network (GLEN) and was authored by Dr Fergus Ryan of Dublin Institute of Technology. It explains in plain English the rights and obligations created by the Civil Partnership and Certain Rights and Obligations of Cohabitants Act 2010. The pack will be available for free download from this page, via GLEN's website (www.glen.ie) and via www.knowyourrights.ie from later this evening (20 December 2012).

Sherrard Street Becomes “Equality Street” as Youthreach Student Scoops ICCL Youthreach Human Rights Prize

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  • November 14, 2012

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Grace Callery (right) Sherrard Street Youthreach Centre, winner of the ICCL Youthreach Human Rights competition here with Sinead Kennedy of RTE Two Tube. Her winning entry was a branding campaign on equality called 'D1 Equality Street' here holding some of her design work. Photo by Derek Speirs

More details HERE.

 

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