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Belfast Agreement

Northern Ireland Office written question – answered on 27th February 2017.

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Photo of Jim Shannon Jim Shannon Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Health), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Transport), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Equality)

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, whether the Republic of Ireland has implemented enhanced employment equality legislation as required by paragraph 9 of the Chapter on rights, safeguards and equality of opportunity in the Belfast Agreement of 1998.

Photo of Jim Shannon Jim Shannon Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Health), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Transport), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Equality)

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, whether the Republic of Ireland has ratified the Council of Europe Framework Convention on National Minorities as required by paragraph 9 of the Chapter on rights, safeguards and equality of opportunity in the Belfast Agreement of 1998.

Photo of Jim Shannon Jim Shannon Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Health), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Transport), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Equality)

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, whether the Republic of Ireland has established a human rights commission with a mandate and remit equivalent to that within Northern Ireland as required by paragraph 9 of the Chapter on rights, safeguards and equality of opportunity in the Belfast Agreement of 1998.

Photo of Kris Hopkins Kris Hopkins Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Northern Ireland Office)

These questions are a matter for the Irish Government.

However, it is my understanding that: since 1998, a number of pieces of legislation have been introduced in the Republic of Ireland including the Employment Equality Acts 1998 and 2004; the Republic of Ireland ratified the Council of Europe Framework Convention on National Minorities in 1999, and; the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission, like the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission, is a UN ‘A status’ accredited National Human Rights Institution, structured and operated in accordance with the Paris Principles.

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