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Merging the Human Rights Commission and Equality Authority

The Minister for Justice & Equality, Alan Shatter told the Dail that the report of the working group on the merger of the Equality Authority and the Human Rights Commission had been published on 20th April and he intended to bring proposals to government shortly.  There would savings from the merger in the order of €500,000, but he was aware of how both had suffered disproportionate cuts in previous years and that would affect how savings would be applied from 2013  (Dail Eireann, Debates, 1st May 2012, 753).  Later, the minister told the Dail that the amalgamation would require legislation and he would bring proposals arising from the report to government shortly (Dail Eireann, Debates, 17th May 2012, 843-5; 846).  His proposals would, he told Tom Kyne (FG, Galway W) definitely deliver on his commitment to strengthen the institutional framework for human rights and equality and keep faith with the Paris principles on human rights institutions.

> Further references on Ireland’s international human rights obligations:

> Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence: Dail Eireann, Debates, 8th May 2012, 518; International convention on the elimination of racial discrimination: Dail Eireann, Debates, 15th May 2012, 440; UN Convention on the rights of people with disabilities: Dail Eireann, Debates, 22nd May 2012, 302.