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EQUALITY AUTHORITY
IRELAND

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Background
Mandate
Internal Organisation
Activities
CONTACT

Background 

The Equality Authority is an independent body set up under the Employment Equality Act of 1998. It was established on 18 October 1999.

The Employment Equality Act of 1998 and the Equal Status Act of 2000, outlaw discrimination in employment, vocational training, advertising, collective agreements, the provision of goods and services and other facilities, such as accommodation and education, to which the public generally have access, on nine distinct grounds. These are: gender; marital status; family status; age; disability; race (which includes race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin); sexual orientation; religious belief; and membership of the Traveller community.

Discrimination is described in the Act as the treatment of a person in a less favourable way than another person is, has been or would be treated on any of the above grounds.

Mandate 

The general functions of the Equality Authority established under the above legislation are:

These functions establish a dual mandate for the Equality Authority – to combat discrimination and to promote equality of opportunity. This involves a combination of enforcement and developmental approaches in the work of the Equality Authority.

The legislation provides the Equality Authority with a range of explicit powers to implement these functions. These are:

Internal Organisation 

The Equality Authority is headed by a Board consisting of 12 members, which includes two nominations from the Irish Congress of Trade Unions and two nominations from the Irish Business and Employers Confederation. The other members are drawn from organisations and groups who have knowledge or experience of equality issues. A Chief Executive is accountable to the Board. A senior management team includes a legal advisor and head of legal section, head of administration section, head of development section, head of research section and head of communication section.

Activities 

The Equality Authority is committed to realising positive change in the situation of those experiencing inequality by:

1. promoting and defending the rights established in the equality legislation and
2. providing leadership in building a commitment to addressing equality issues in practice, creating a wider awareness of equality issues, celebrating the diversity in Irish society and mainstreaming equality considerations across all sectors.

Its main activities to achieve these objectives in the area of combating racism are:

CONTACT 

Equality Authority
2 Clonmel Street
EIR-DUBLIN 2
Tel: +353 1 4173333
Fax: +353 1 4173331
E-mail: info@equality.ie
Website: www.equality.ie