Section 42 of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission Act 2014, places a positive duty on public sector bodies to have regard for the need to eliminate discrimination, promote equality, and protect Human rights, in their daily work.  This is known as our ‘Public Sector Equality and Human Rights Duty’. 

In February 2018, a working group was established within our  Department to plan, drive and implement our Public Sector Equality and Human Rights Duty.    Key Actions progressed by the group to date include:

A copy of the Equality & Human Rights Assessments completed can be found here: Equality & Human Rights Assessments.     This document will continue to evolve with the functions and activities of the Department, and will be invaluable in identifying and prioritising areas for action around our Public Sector Equality and Human Rights Duty.

In 2019, our Department will continue to take steps to embed the Public Sector values in all aspects of our work.  This will include the development a Public Sector Duty statement and action plan which will be published on the Department’s website.  The Public Sector Duty working group look forward to reporting on progress.