Equality Authority event in Cork: Equality is at the heart of our national project for recovery

Tue, May 31, 2011

Ms. Renee Dempsey, CEO of the Equality Authority (EA), welcomed a full house to the EA’s consultation event in Cork, on Friday the 6 May 2011. The event was one of several public meetings held nationally, as part of the EA’s process for planning its future work.

Kieran Rose, Senior Planner with the Economic Development Unit of Dublin City Council and member of the board of the EA, highlighted a recent IDA statement about the importance of diversity to Ireland’s economic future. The IDA has found that our multilingual and multinational workforce is a very important attractant for companies who are considering doing business in Ireland. Mr. Rose stated that this underlined the fact that social progress can and must continue to be made in a recession.

Claire McCarthy, Nasc’s Policy and Communications Officer attended the event, and suggested that the EA plan to pay special attention to raising awareness about Ireland’s equality infrastructure among immigrant and ethnic-minority residents.

The EA is an independent body set up to promote the effectiveness of the Employment Equality Act, 1998 and the Equal Status Act, 2000. These Acts outlaw discrimination in employment, the provision of goods and services, and other contexts. Discrimination happens when a person is treated less favourably than they would otherwise be treated, if not for their gender, civil status, family status, age, disability, race, sexual orientation, religious belief, or membership of the Traveller Community.