Ireland's second examination by the UN Human Rights Council under UPR

11 May 2016


In Geneva 11 May 2016, Ireland’s new Government (Tánaiste and Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald TD) appeared before the United Nations Human Rights Council. This is the second time Ireland has appeared before the council to answer questions about its human rights record from fellow UN member states, under the Universal Periodic Review (UPR).  The council also heard from Ireland in 2011, and made a total of 127 recommendations for improvements, including a range of equality issues and a very important one for workers on collective bargaining legislation.

Congress is part of a wide civil society grouping - Your Rights Right Now - and also did our own submission to the Department of Justice in advance of today's hearing. Our submission focusses on the failure to address two important areas in legislation: 

  1. Failure of the Irish government to meet commitments made to the ICTU to bring forward legislation granting the right to collective bargaining and representation to certain classes of freelance/atypical workers.
  2. Failure by the Irish Government to protect the rights enshrined under article 11 of the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights

Unfortunately these issues did not feature during the hearing.

You can view the hearing on the Rights Now website and also read the Draft Report of the Working Group of The Universal Periodic Review on Ireland here