A national seminar entitled Enhancing Public Services: The Potential of The Public Sector was held on Friday, 31st January 2020, in the Harbour Hotel, Galway.

It celebrated the leadership for and commitment to its implementation by public bodies in the city.

Galway City Local Community Development Committee hosted the conference, which included presentations from the Irish Human Rights Committee, which is responsible for supporting and enforcing the Duty.


  • Professor Terence McDonough, LCDC Chairperson
  • Niall Crowley, ValuesLab – see presentation here;
  • Bairbre Nic Aongusa, Department of Rural & Community Development – see presentation here;
  • Jacqueline Healy, Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission – see presentation here;
  • Frank Conaty, Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission – see presentation here;
  • Declan Brassil, Galway City LCDC – see presentation here;
  • Ann Irwin, Galway CIty Communty Network – see presentation here;
  • Damien Walshe – National Community Platform – see presentation here.


  • Caitríona Morgan, Galway City Council
  • Eithne Nic Dhonnchada, GRETB
  • Elaine Harvey, Galway City Partnership
  • Morgan Mee, Tusla

The objective of this conference was to share learning from the Galway City LCDC project and the work of its member organisations, disseminate and discuss the tools developed and provide an opportunity for other stakeholders to share their perspectives, experiences and ideas on the most effective implementation of the Duty.

The Realising Potential – Public Sector Equality and Human Rights Duty Implementation Manual was launched at the seminar. This provides practical supports for public bodies for implementing the Duty.

The manual can be found at the link below.