The President of the Irish Human Rights Commission (IHRC), Dr Maurice Manning, has launched the Commission’s Annual Report 2011.
This is likely to be the IHRC’s final report as the Government has proposed that it be merged with the Equality Authority next year.
At the launch Dr Manning, President of the IHRC for ten years, took the opportunity to outline some of the achievements of the Commission and also to address some of his concerns for the future merged institution.
He praised the work of the Commissioners applauding their “sense of integrity and independence … solidarity and common purpose”. He highlighted the importance of the “variety of membership” of the Commission and spoke of this as something which Minister for Justice, Alan Shatter TD should bear in mind when creating the new body.
Dr Manning welcomed the selection process for the new body set up by the Minister, which he feels can be open and transparent with the right Oireachtas involvement. However, he also spoke of his concerns regarding the staffing of the newly merged institution stating that “