Disability discrimination constituted almost a third of all equality-related concerns last year, according to the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission's annual report for 2018.

Speaking at the launch of the IHREC's report, Chief Commissioner Emily Logan highlighted specifically the issue of housing, and the increased level and types of discrimination being experienced in Ireland today. 

Ms Logan said: "The crises in Direct Provision and in housing lay bare just how much further we have to go to eliminate discrimination and violations of human rights in Ireland."

"They also show how much our State remains wedded to approaches that we know from experience simply do not work," she added.

Ms Logan added that the commission's engagement with the courts "is a crucial means by which we can ensure that the human rights and equality consideration of legal cases are clearly articulated and brought to bear on court deliberations."

Ms Logan said the 2018 annual report marks significantly increased activity for the commission, during its fourth full year of work as Ireland's national human rights and equality body which is directly accountable to the Oireachtas.