All relevant government departments have been involved in the preparation of material for this report, a draft of which was circulated to civil society organizations in advance of a one-day working consultation organized by the Department of Justice and Equality on July 19, 2016. 106 people registered to participate in the meeting, which was attended by 73 participants. A report on the issues discussed and points raised in subsequent written submissions is posted on the Department of Justice and Equality’s website at www.justice.ie.
The proportion of employed women who planned to receive a retirement pension (occupational, private or state) increased by more than 10 percentage points to 75.2% between 2009 and 2015 (Table 20).
The Equality Tribunal and the Workplace Relations Commission have established a significant body of case law on discrimination in employment and access to goods and services (Table 21).
In July, the UK resumed licensing exports of military equipment to Saudi Arabia, which it had suspended in compliance with a June 2019 court ruling (see Yemen).In response to the excessive use of force against protesters from the US Black Lives Matter movement, some members of Parliament and several organizations, including Amnesty International, called on the UK to suspend the export of crowd control equipment, such as tear gas and rubber bullets, to US law enforcement agencies. In September, the government said it had reassessed the licensing of exports of such equipment to the United States in light of these developments and had determined that there was “no clear risk” of misuse.
A draft anti-terrorism and sentencing bill proposed a major overhaul of the sentencing regime for terrorism offenses that included the removal of some key safeguards on the use of the already troubling administrative control measures known as Terrorism Investigation and Prevention Measures. The proposed changes included lowering the standards governing the burden of proof for the imposition of an investigative measure.
The legal basis for the fourth PEACE program, covering the 2014-2020 programming period, was Regulation (EU) No. 1303/2013 of 17 December 2013 and Regulation (EU) No. 1299/2013 of 17 December 2013. The legal basis for the fifth PEACE program (PEACE PLUS), covering the programming period 2021-2027, are Regulation (EU) 2021/1060 of 24 June 2021 and Regulation (EU) 2021/1059 of 24 June 2021.
The Northern Ireland peace process has received financial support from the Union since 1989, through both the Union’s regional policy and the Union’s contributions to the International Fund for Ireland.
The PEACE program has been implemented as a cross-border cooperation program (within the framework of European territorial cooperation) between Ireland and the United Kingdom and pursues two main objectives:
The program addresses specific problems caused by conflict with the aim of creating a peaceful and stable society. To this end, it had two core priorities (reconciling communities and contributing to peace) and four main objectives for the 2014-2020 programming period:
The mission’s main function is to explain the ICRC’s work and obtain support for its humanitarian activities. It maintains a direct dialogue with the British and Irish governments, describing the ways in which it protects and assists people made vulnerable by violent conflict. It also promotes awareness of ICRC policies through contacts with legislators, civil servants, political authorities, academics and non-profit organizations.