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The Working Group on the establishment of the new Human Rights and Equality Commission is seeking ideas from civil society, members of the public and those interested in the future of human rights and equality in Ireland, on key questions arising from their Terms of Reference.

The new Commission will be formed through the merger of Irish Human Rights Commission and the Equality Authority. The purpose of this change, according to the Department of Justice and Equality, is to promote human rights and equality issues in a more effective, efficient and cohesive way.

Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence, Alan Shatter TD appointed the working on October 6 which is chaired by Michael Whelan. Key questions they wish to have considered include: what people want the new body to do; what features and functions does it require to do these things; and how the new body should be structured.

Further information is available from the Working Group’s Secretariat, Department of Justice and Equality, Floor 2, Bishop’s Square, Redmond’s Hill, Dublin 2.