The ESC Rights Iniative wrote on the 21st September 2018 to the members of the Joint Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform and Taoiseach on responding to the Eighth Report of the Convention on the Constitution (Economic, Social and Cultural (ESC) Rights)

The letter follows a February 2018 submission by the ESC Rights Initiative as the Oireachtas Committee was designated to respond to the Eight Report of the Convention on the Constitution on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.

For the Initiative, “a matter of huge social importance regarding housing, health and other basic rigths remains undiscussed by any mechanism of the Oireachtas.” The Initiative asks “that this be remedied by pressing for the scheduling of this matter for discussion by the Committee.”

In accordance with its remit, the Convention on the Constitution conducted a full investigation in 2013 in order to ascertain whether the fundamental human right to health, housing, education, and other economic, social and cultural (ESC) rights are properly protected in Irish law. The Convention members subsequently concluded in February 2014 (by 85%) that protection of ESC rights needed to be strengthened in Bunreacht na hÉireann.

In the February 2108 ESC Rights Initiative submission, attention was drown to the commitment by Government to respond to all of the recommendations of the Convention within 4 months of receiving its report. In September 2018, after Four years and a half, Government has not responded to the Eighth Report of the Convention on the Constitution and  discussion on this matter has not been scheduled by the Joint Committee On Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform, and Taoiseach, adding to the failure that has left this important report floating between departments and Oireachtas Committees for 4 years.