Tomorrow, the Seanad debates the final stages of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (IHREC) Bill 2014. Senator Katherine Zappone’s and Senator Jillian van Turnhout's amendment to ensure human rights and equality reviews of public bodies is supported by the Government. This is very good news.
The amendments by the Government and Senator Zappone and Senator van Turnhout is:
“(5) Where the Commission considers that there is evidence of a failure by a public body
to perform its functions in a manner consistent with subsection (1) and that it is
appropriate in all the circumstances to do so, the Commission may invite the public
(a) carry out a review in relation to the performance by that body of its functions
having regard to subsection (1), or
(b) prepare and implement an action plan in relation to the performance by that body
of its functions having regard to subsection (1),
(6) A review or an action plan under subsection (5)# may relate to—
(a) equality of opportunity or human rights generally, or
(b) a particular aspect of human rights or discrimination,
in the public body concerned.”.
—Senators Katherine Zappone, Jillian van Turnhout.
[#This a reference to the subsection proposed to be inserted by this amendment.]