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Gender Equality Division
Department of Justice and Equality
Bishop's Square
Redmond's Hill
Dublin 2

Email: gender_equality_inbox@justice.ie

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For current information on progress towards gender equality in Ireland, see the CSO Men and Women in Ireland Report 2016. Follow Ireland's gender-sensitive implementation of the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, in progress reports and on the SDG data portal.

The National Strategy for Women and Girls 2017-2020 is the framework through which the Government will pursue actions to advance the rights of women and girls. A Strategy Committee advises on implementation and reporting progress.

For information on the statutory code of practice on sexual harassment and harassment in the workplace, see the IHREC website.

For information on Discovering Women in Irish History see the Scoilnet resource provided by the Department of Education and Skills. The Houses of the Oireachtas will be marking the one hundredth anniversary of the giving of voting rights to women and the resulting women in Parliament, through the Vótáil100 / Mná san Oireachtas programme of events which will take place throughout 2018, with further details on the Oireachtas website.




Tuesday 26 June 2018

Publication of General Scheme of the Gender Pay Gap Information Bill

The Minister for Justice and Equality, Mr Charlie Flanagan TD, and the Minister of State for Equality, Immigration and Integration, Mr David Stanton TD, today (Tuesday) announced the publication of the General Scheme of the Gender Pay Gap Information Bill which was approved by the Cabinet today.

This significant Bill will provide that employers with a certain number of employees (which will be set at 50 or more after an initial period of operation for bigger firms) must publish information on the gender pay gap in their firm.

Notable elements of the General Scheme of the Bill are:

  • the Minister shall make regulations requiring publication of information on the gender pay gap in firms;
  • the regulations will apply to employers with 250+ employees initially, then to those with 150+ and finally those with 50+;
  • the regulations will apply to the public as well as the private sector subject to the employment thresholds;
  • in addition to differences in hourly pay, information on differences in bonus pay, part-time pay and pay of men and women on temporary contracts will be among the data which must be published;
  • the regulations may also require publication of differences in pay by reference to job classifications;
  • the enforcement mechanisms include a power for the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission to apply to the Circuit Court for an order requiring an employer to comply with the legislation. Also, an employee of the employer concerned may apply to the Workplace Relations Commission for an order requiring compliance. There is a provision too for designated officers who would investigate a sample of employers to ensure that the information published is accurate.

The General Scheme will now be submitted to the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Justice and Equality for pre-legislative scrutiny.

View the General Scheme and Press Release.

Download a copy of the General Scheme (PDF)

Tuesday 12 June 2018

Vacancy - Director of the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE): closing date for applications 29 June 2018

The European Commission has announced a campaign to recruit a new Director of the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE), to take office from mid-April 2019 on the retirement of the serving Director. The vacancy was published on 1 June 2018 in the EU Official Journal and the closing date for registration of applications is noon (Brussels time) on 29 June 2018.

For further details, please see: vacancy for the Director of EIGE (Vilnius, Lithuania) 


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