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Anti-Discrimination Legislation

Anti-Discrimination Legislation Constitution of Ireland

According to Article 44 of the Constitution of Republic of Ireland, the state shall not patronise any religion, there shall be no discrimination based on religious affiliation, faith or position (including discrimination of schools). It notes that every religion has the right to manage its own affairs, own, purchase and manage assets and organise religious and charity organisations.

A December 1972 amendment saw the deletion of specific recognition of the Catholic Church as well as other specific denominations.

On July 20, 2010, Ireland legalised same-sex civil partnerships.

In 2013, Ireland signed a resolution that instructed schools to combat racism among students.

On July 27, 2014, Ireland instituted a Commission for Human Rights and Equality. The Commission will constitute of 12-15 people appointed by the president for the term of no more than 5 years. Human Rights and Equality Commission will engage in facilitating respect towards human rights and equality, organise corresponding promotional events, anti-discrimination projects and facilitate integration. It will also consider cases of discrimination of various groups and will have the right to appeal to court on their behalf. The Commission will prepare reports and recommendations for the government and advise the Supreme Court.

On the other hand, Ireland practically lacks criminal legislation regarding hate crime. On June 18th, the Transgender Equality Network Ireland (TENI) also deplored the lack of hate crime legislation in the country, which had given Irish society a “permission to hate”. The warning came as TENI released a new report which documented 32 incidents of violence or discrimination against transgender persons.

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