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Equality Authority Conference

Expanding Equality Protections in Goods and Services:
Irish and EU Perspectives

Royal College of Physicians, Dublin
21 May 2010 – 9:30-4:30

The Equality Authority will hold a legal conference on the theme of equality protections in goods and services. The conference is aimed at an EU and Irish audience of legal practitioners, policymakers, academics, students, Equality NGOs and social partners.

The speakers will include:

• Professor Mark Bell, University of Leicester will discuss the
anticipated impact of the proposed new EU directive, including in terms of the treatment of multiple discrimination;
• Lilla Farkas of the Migration Policy Group will address race and
education in a comparative EU context;
• Dr Tony McGlennan from the Bar of Northern Ireland will explore
religion and sexual orientation and their interface from a Northern Ireland perspective;
• Colm O Cinneide, University College London will discuss multiple
discrimination and the distinctions between discrimination grounds in EU law;
• Geraldine Hynes, solicitor with the Equality Authority, will examine
caselaw on financial services;
• Carol Ann Woulfe, solicitor with the Equality Authority, will speak
about disability discrimination in education;
• Garret O’Neill, solicitor with the Equality Authority, will look at
discrimination and public housing accommodation services, caselaw and progress made.

The Hon. Mr. Justice Nial Fennelly, Judge of the Supreme Court (Ireland) and former judge of the European Court of Justice, will be one of the two conference chairs.

Admission to the conference is free. A full conference programme will shortly be available on the Equality Authority website: http://www.equality.ie.

If you would like to attend this conference, please return the attached booking form by email to info@equality.ie by Monday 10 May 2010. Please ensure that you save the completed form as a Word 1997/2003 file, and include the words “Expanding Equality Protections” in the subject line.

This conference is co-funded by the European Union under the PROGRESS Programme 2007-2013

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  1. April 16, 2010 at 8:49 am

    In spite of the Disability Discrimination Act and Human Rights legislation the UK Government, psychiatric profession and leading mental health charity provider businesses still fiercely resist any extension of Patient Choice to national mental health services and the question has to be asked , because it’s as important in Ireland as anywhere else, ‘Why should employers, shopkeepers , landlords or anyone else comply with Equality legislation when Governments and so many organisations that claim to represent mental health patients refuse to?

  2. April 16, 2010 at 8:53 am

    Many thanks for posting this announcement. We see that WordPress does not appear to facilitate the use of an attachment on its blogs. The contents of the booking form are included below so that readers of Human Rights In Ireland can cut and paste it into a Word document if they want to submit a booking.

    We would ask you to use the phrase “Expanding Equality Protections” in the subject line of your email to . (We are organising another conference on equality statistics and data, and it is helpful to us in keeping the booking formsfor the two events separate.)

    Yours sincerely,

    Equality Authority

    =================== BEGIN BOOKING FORM ===================

    “Expanding Equality Protections in Goods and Services: Irish and EU Perspectives”

    Royal College of Physicians in Ireland,
    Kildare St,
    Dublin 2

    Friday 21 May 2010
    9:30am – 4:30pm

    If you would like to attend this conference, please return this booking form by email to info@equality.ie by Monday 10 May 2010. Please ensure that you save the completed form as a Word 1997/2003 file, and include the words “Expanding Equality Protections” in the subject line.

    Contact Details: …………….
    Title: …………….
    Name: …………….
    Organisation: …………….
    Job Role: …………….
    Address: …………….

    Telephone: …………….
    Mobile: …………….
    Email: …………….
    *Gender: …………….
    *We are required to gather information on gender participation in order to comply with EU funding requirements.

    Special Dietary Requirements
    If you have any special dietary requirements, please tick the relevant box.
    Vegetarian: …………….
    Vegan: …………….
    Gluten Free: …………….
    Diabetic: …………….
    If other please specify: …………….

    If you have any specific access needs (such as a sign language interpreter or wheelchair accessibility), please let us know in advance.
    Please note that the conference language is English.

    This conference is co-funded by the European Union under the PROGRESS Programme 2007-2013

    =================== END BOOKING FORM ===================

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