Public Sector Duty

In 2014, the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission Act amalgamated the Irish Human Rights Authority and the Equality Commission to create the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission or the IHREC.  Section 42 of this Act sets out the Public Sector Equality and Human Rights Duty, better known as the Public Sector Duty or PSD.

In accordance with Section 42, public bodies shall, in the performance of their functions, have regard to the need to:

  • eliminate discrimination,
  • promote equality of opportunity and treatment of its staff and the pesons to whom it provides services, and
  • protect the human rights of its members, staff and the persons to whom it provides its services.

To this end, in 2017-18 UCC took part in the pilot scheme for the implementation of this duty.  Videos on this pilot scheme as well as other guides and resources from the IHREC in how best to approach implemenation of the duty are below and linked in the text above.


Case Study: University College Cork from IHREC on Vimeo.

Implementing the PSD (ISL Version)

Implementing the PSD

Delivering Equality in Public Services Online Training

This free online, e-learning programme will provide you with an introduction to equality in service delivery. It is designed for frontline workers in the public sector. The programme lasts approximately 50 minutes. The four themes covered in the programme are:

  1. A basic introduction to equality law
  2. Identifying discrimination
  3. Understanding diversity, stereotyping and discrimination
  4. Delivering equality in public services

Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Unit

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