Law and rights

Overview Document EU law comes from the treaties agreed between member states. But some EU institutions have the power to make laws also. Read how EU laws are made, and how they have affected life in Ireland.
This document is in: EU Law

Fundamental rights under the Irish Constitution
The Irish Constitution recognises and declares that you have certain fundamental personal rights. These are confirmed and protected by the Constitution.
This document is in: Irish Constitution

Legislation
This document describes how laws are made by the Oireachtas (the Irish parliament).
This document is in: Houses of the Oireachtas

Appealing rights under EU law
An outline of how your rights are safeguarded under EU law and the various European institutions involved
This document is in: EU Law

Access to Garda records
Under data protection legislation you have the right to access personal information which the GardaĆ­ hold on you, except in certain circumstances. Find out how to access your information.

Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission
The Commission promotes and protects human rights and equality. In some cases, it can assist you to further human rights issues by assisting with legal proceedings.

Judicial review of public decisions
Public decisions may be judicially reviewed by the High Court to determine whether they are illegal. Find out how to initiate judicial review proceedings.
This document is in: Standards and accountability