Minister Roderic O’Gorman has recently announced a comprehensive review of Ireland’s Employment Equality and Equal Status Acts. The purpose of the review is to examine the functioning of the Acts and their effectiveness in preventing discrimination and promoting equality. The Minister has confirmed that the review will include the existing Programme for Government commitments on the introduction of a socio-economic ground for discrimination and the amendment of the gender ground as well as a review of the existing definitions for the other grounds.

The Minister aims to launch the first phase of a public consultation process in the coming days and bring legislative proposals to Government in 2022.