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Does the national law cover all grounds of discrimination as in the International Conventions and EU law or additional discrimination grounds?

Key Area:
Anti-discrimination Legislation & Implementation
Racism, Discrimination
15/02/2012 - 12:27
Short Answer

The national law covers all grounds in EU law.  In addition, the national law provides protection for civil status and family status.  It also provides separate protection for membership of the Traveller community.

Qualitative Info

The primary national legislation to combat discrimination is the following:  the Employment Equality Acts (EEA) 1998-2004 and the Equal Status Acts (ESA) 2000-2004. 


A careful description of the grounds can be found in the PDF linked through the External URL.  A short paragraph of that document is quoted here:  "The EEA prohibits discrimination in relation to employment on the basis of: gender, family status, marital status, age, disability, sexual orientation, religious belief, race, and membership of the Traveller community. The ESA outlaws discrimination on the same grounds with regard to goods, services and education."

Groups affected/interested Migrants, Refugees, Roma & Travelers, Muslims, Ethnic minorities, Religious minorities, Asylum seekers, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender, Persons with disability, Africans/black people, National minorities
Type (R/D)
Key socio-economic / Institutional Areas Policing - law enforcement, Employment - labour market, Housing, Health and social protection, Education
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