In the context of the UPR, Amnesty International has made the following recommendations to Ireland

Prison system:

  • To bring conditions and treatment of detainees in Irish prisons into line with international human rights standards, including through implementing outstanding recommendations from international human rights bodies;
  • To establish an independent and effective statutory complaints mechanism for prisoners.

  • Children’s rights: 

  • To address the serious gaps in child protection and care systems to protect children from violence;
  • To ensure the comprehensive and effective incorporation of children’s rights in Ireland’s legal framework in line with the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, by incorporating children’s rights in the Constitution.

  • Right to mental health: 

  • introduce legislation to place a statutory obligation on the Health Service Executive to plan and progressively deliver the reform programme set out in the national mental health policy, A Vision for Change, to provide a comprehensive mental health service;
  • To review and amend the Mental Health Act 2001 to ensure compliance with the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities;
  • To promote cross-departmental action in areas such as education, employment and housing to effectively combat social exclusion, prejudice and discrimination against people with mental health problems.

  • Rights of refugees, asylum-seekers and victims of trafficking: 

  • To establish a single protection procedure for the prompt, fair and effective determination of claims for international protection to prevent undue delays in the granting of subsidiary protection;
  • To ensure that residents in the “direct provision” system have an adequate standard of living and ensure the right to private and family life.

  • Renditions: 

  • To confirm that Ireland would not allow Irish territory or airspace to be used by aircraft en route to or returning from rendition missions;
  • To provide in Irish law and policy that aircraft owned, operated, or leased by foreign intelligence services, but characterized by those services as “civilian”, are denied the automatic overflight or landing clearances to which unscheduled civilian aircraft are entitled;
  • To establish an independent inquiry into allegations that foreign aircraft operating in the context of the US-led rendition programmes have transited Irish airspace or airports to seek accountability for the possible commission of human rights violations and to ensure that measures are taken in future to prevent the direct or indirect facilitation of renditions or other human rights violations.


    Ireland: Amnesty International's submission to the UN Universal Periodic Review

    Other Amnesty International documents on Ireland