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Irish Centre for Human Rights win top EU Rights contract again 

The Irish Centre for Human Rights ,School of Law, NUI Galway has won a major EU contract for Irish Law and Social Data Research, once again becoming Ireland’s national focal point for the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights . This is the second time that the prestigious FRANET-Ireland contract for data collection and research services on fundamental rights issues in Ireland has been awarded to the Irish Centre for Human Rights. The new contract covers a period of four years and will run until November 2022.  

FRANET is the EU Fundamental Rights’ Agency’s  multidisciplinary research network. The work of the Fundamental Rights Agency is critical in informing  EU policy and fundamental rights  across the EU member States. 

The ICHR has assembled a team of Ireland’s leading human rights and social science experts, located at academic institutions and in civil society, to analyse and report on the state of human rights in Ireland, and to raise awareness of the public policy importance of  the Fundamental Rights Agency’s research and legal opinions. 

Professor Siobhán Mullally, the Director of the Irish Centre for Human Rights, who becomes the FRANET Senior Expert for Ireland, commented: “We are very pleased to take this leading role in analyzing the protection of  fundamental rights in Ireland, and thereby contributing to the strengthening of fundamental rights in Ireland and across the EU.  We are particularly pleased to partner with Ireland’s leading human rights researchers and civil society advocates  to undertake this ground-breaking work.”  

Research will focus on a number of thematic areas. These include: access to justice; asylum, migration and borders; information society, privacy and data protection; gender; hate crime; LGBTI; people with disabilities; racism and related intolerances; rights of the child; Roma rights.  

For more information, contact Emily Brennan FRANET Research Manager, Irish Centre for Human Rights.