President Higgins yesterday appointed Kieran Rose, GLEN Chair, as one of the members of the new Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (IHREC) at a ceremony in Áras an Uachtaráin.
Kieran Rose is a long-time civil rights activist, trade union activist, was the co-founder of GLEN 25 years ago, and is currently GLEN Chair. He has played pivotal roles in securing decriminalisation of homosexuality in 1993; in the campaign which resulted in the nine-ground (including sexual orientation) Equality legislation in 1998 and 2000; in the campaign for Civil Partnership and in the campaign for marriage and full Constitutional equality for lesbian and gay people and families.
“We are delighted that GLEN co-founder and Chair, Kieran Rose, has been appointed to the IHREC. He has been a champion of human rights and equality over very many years, in particular for lesbian, gay and bisexual people” said GLEN Director Brian Sheehan.
Kieran was a member of the Board of the Equality Authority from 2007 to 2012, and was appointed to the interim board of the IHREC in 2013.
“His appointment to the IHREC by the President underscores the importance of the promotion of equality and the protection of the human rights of LGBT people, and the importance of nurturing a culture of respect for the rights of each person in Ireland” said Sheehan.
“GLEN offers its congratulations to the Chief Commissioner, Emily Logan, and to all those appointed to the IHREC today. Together they can map out and lead on implementing a new future for human rights and equality for all people in Ireland. We wish the new Commission well in their work.” concluded Sheehan.
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