Emily Logan to become first Chief Commissioner of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission

Ombudsman for Children, Emily Logan, has announced today (Thursday) that she is to be nominated as Chief Commissioner of the new Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission. Ms Logan will step down as Ombudsman for Children in order to take up this position in the autumn.

Emily Logan said: “I am honoured to be nominated for the position of Chief Commissioner of the new Human Rights and Equality Commission. It will be an honour to work with a Commission of such calibre, expertise and diversity. I would like to join Mr David Joyce, Acting Chairperson of the IHREC (Designate) in his public commitment to delivering the mandate given to the Commission by the new legislation to work for the promotion and protection of the human rights and equality of everyone in Ireland.”

Emily Logan added: “It has been a privilege to serve as Ireland’s first Ombudsman for Children for the past decade. It was a remarkable experience for me both personally and professionally, and I believe that my Office made an important contribution to the promotion and protection of children’s rights during this time.”

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Notes to Editors:

  • All Commissioners, including the Chief Commissioner of the new Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission were appointed following an open competition. The interview process for the Chief Commissioner was carried out by the Public Appointments Service with a panel that included international human rights experts.
  • A member of the Commission shall be appointed by the President on the advice of the Government, and following the passing of a resolution of each House of the Oireachtas recommending the appointment.
  • The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission Bill 2014 was passed by the Oireachtas last week (Friday, 11th July 2014) and sets out the role and functions of the new Irish Human Rights and Equality Authority.