The Equality Authority is an independent body set up under the Employment Equality Act 1998. It was established on 18th October 1999. The Equality Authority replaced the Employment Equality Agency, and has an expanded role and functions.
The Employment Equality Act, 1998 and the Equal Status Act, 2000 outlaw discrimination in employment, vocational training, advertising, collective agreements, the provision of goods and services and other opportunities to which the public generally have access on nine distinct grounds. These are gender; marital status; family status; age; disability; race; 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.
|www.childrensrights.ie||The Children's Rights Alliance is "a coalition of over 90 non-governmental organisations (NGOs) working to secure the rights and needs of children in Ireland, by campaigning for the full implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. It aims to improve the lives of all children under 18, through securing the necessary changes in Ireland's laws (strengthening children's rights in the Constitution), policies and services."
|The Social Inclusion division in the Department of Social and Family Affairs is now part of the Department of Community, Equality and Gaeltacht affairs. The National Action Plan for Social Inclusion 2007-2016 is available as a pdf file.