About Us

Equality and Diversity

Iarnród Éireann is committed to a policy of equal opportunities in its employment practices and has a dedicated Equality Officer.

It is the responsibility of Managers and staff to ensure that this policy is implemented and a safe and secure workplace is provided to all employees. All employees can expect the opportunity to develop and progress within the Company on the basis of ability and merit.

What does equal opportunities mean to you?

Equal opportunities means that all employees can expect to receive equal and fair treatment. Managers and staff are responsible for ensuring that each worker is treated fairly.

The Equality Programme

The Equality Programme will offer confidential support to any member of staff who feels that he/she has been unfairly treated in any of the areas covered by the Employment Equality Act which prohibits discrimination in employment on nine distinct grounds. These are:

  • Age
  • Race
  • Gender
  • Religion
  • Disability
  • Family Status
  • Marital Status
  • Sexual Orientation
  • Membership of the Traveller Community

The Equality Office also provides a programme of workshops on diversity, dignity and respect at work for both managers and staff.

The Equal Opportunity Policy applies to:


Advertising and recruitment practices must be unbiased and fair. Access and progression are based on ability and merit.

Working Arrangements and Conditions

A work environment compatible with work life balance should respect all employees and should not discriminate under any of the stated headings. Equal opportunities must exist for promotional prospects, in job classification and re-grading.

Training Opportunities

If one section of the workforce has been under-represented it is permissible to offer positive support and training which will help to redress the imbalance. The Company encourages and supports training for all employees.

Dignity and Respect in the Workplace

Iarnród Éireann strives to provide a safe and secure working environment for all employees, where all workers respect each other and no aspect of bullying or sexual harassment is allowed to exist.

Bullying is repeated aggression, verbal, psychological or physical, conducted by an individual or group against another person or persons. Sexual harassment includes all forms of sexual abuse from unpleasant innuendoes and remarks to sexual assault.


Under the Employment Equality Act, direct and indirect discrimination are both illegal.

Direct Discrimination

Direct discrimination arises when one person is treated less favourably than another. This involves a comparison between different treatment experienced by two individuals in comparable situations.

Indirect Discrimination

Indirect discrimination occurs where requirement, practice or policy, which is not essential for the job, has a negative impact on a particular group, such as people with disabilities. Another example would be imposing low age entry levels or unnecessary height restrictions.


Equality Programme,
Human Resources
Room 212,
Iarnród Éireann,
Connolly Station

Telephone: 01 703 2499
Email: equality@irishrail.ie