Recent debates regarding the availability of the Attorney General’s advice underline the need for Ireland to engage in a first principles discussion of the Government’s approach to lawyering and dispute resolution. The disastrous symphysiotomy redress scheme, the Garda taping scandal and our ongoing struggle to fix the basic content of the Constitution in our legislative debates show(…)
Posts by Darren O'Donovan:
A recently issued own initiative report by the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee of the European Parliament serves to highlight the significant accountability deficits which mark the Troika conditionality process.
What do you call a system that is wrong seven times out of ten? This is a question in need of urgent response following the emergence of a breakdown of invalidity pension appeals last week.
The European Court of Human Rights recently found France in violation of Article 8 (the right to home, family and private life), by threatening to evict through court order a group of 95 Travellers from their long established caravan sites in the municipality of Herblay. This decision is very significant for those engaged in litigation(…)
This years’ budget is perhaps the first which received full ex ante and post ante supervision from the European Commission. Lobbying for rights compliant budgeting now involves growing complexity, across multiple stages and fora. What were previously direct acts of lobbying and public debate, now possess a different character, and human rights actors must seek(…)
Minister Alan Shatter today published a reasoned defence of the proposed Court of Appeal constitutional amendment, arguing that it represents “a positive step towards fashioning an efficient and effective courts system that ensures better access to justice.” The Minister’s account continually returns to the touchstone concepts of ‘access to justice’ and ‘consistency’ in the law.(…)
Amongst the most challenging questions for human rights advocates in drafting litigation and advocacy strategies is assessing the potential of the United Nations human rights treaty bodies.
We are all saddened to hear of the passing of Seamus Heaney this morning. As members of the human rights community in Ireland, we recall with particular fondness his Fourth Irish Human Rights Commission Annual Human Rights Lecture in 2009, available here. In this piece, entitled The Writer and Righter,
The IMF in the past was somewhat infamous for its distancing of international human rights law. For years and years, it saw itself as sealed off from the content of human rights treaties. Indeed there have even been more extreme claims to say that the Articles of Agreement of the IMF free the organisation from the(…)
Buried Choices, Lost Lessons: The Past and Future Legacy of Government Policy towards the Travelling Community
“Local authorities were stoutly opposed to the committal of [Traveller] children to industrial schools as this would allow the maintenance of children to become a burden the ratepayers” (Report of the Commission on Itinerancy, 1963, page 66) This year represents the fiftieth anniversary of the Report of the Commission on Itinerancy, a report which(…)