Equality, data protection and human rights bodies to merge (The Irish Times)
The Government is proposing to merge the Equality Authority, the Irish Human Rights Commission and the office of the Data Protection Commissioner into a single agency.
The agencies are being consulted and will be given until September 12th to respond. No final decision will be taken before then. However, the agencies have reportedly been told that "there's no point in fighting it, it's going to happen".
The proposal is contained in a circular from the Department of Finance to the Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform. Official sources said it reflected Government thinking and tied in with the broad approach of Minister for Justice Dermot Ahern in the area.