Máiréad Enright

About Máiréad Enright


Máiréad Enright lectures at Kent Law School. She is also a PhD candidate in the Centre for Criminal Justice and Human Rights, University College Cork. Her research interests are in gender and the law, law and religion, citizenship and the political dimensions of private law. You can contact her at M.Enright[at]kent.ac.uk or (+44) 1227 827996.

Posts by Máiréad Enright:

Today in Irish Legal History: The Kerry Babies and the Memory of Feminist Protest.

The Irish Times today carries an article reminding us of the 30th anniversary of the events which lead to the “Kerry Babies case”. Joanne Hayes, approaching her 25th birthday, gave birth late on the night of April 12th, 1984, in what later became controversial circumstances, to a son who did not survive. The infant would(…)

5 Questions for International Women’s Day.

 It’s International Women’s Day. IWD is an occasion for reflecting on the history of the women’s movement, and on progress made. On International Women’s Day, 1977, Irishwomen United marched to protest against the banning of the feminist magazine Spare Rib. Marie McMahon was arrested for illegal postering, advertising the march. She was questioned under the Emergency Powers Act,(…)

The Trouble with Redress – Symphysiotomy and Other Failures.

In recent days, we have heard a lot from the Government about the scars of past institutional abuses of power in Ireland. We know that women and children were subjected to routine and varied abuses of power in schools, religious penal institutions and hospitals. These violences were bodily, intimate, painful and entirely beyond reduction to(…)

The Law of University Protest: Notes from the UK.

December 1 saw the launch of “Defend the Irish University“; a charter which underscores common experiences of university privatisation in Ireland and the UK, and suggests possibilities for resistance. It is important to take note of what is happening to students and staff who are contesting the effects of  similar austerity and privatisation policies on(…)

Abuse Redress, Property and the Catholic Church in Ireland.

In 2002, the Irish Ministers for Finance and Education entered into a binding ‘Congregational Indemnity Agreement‘ with the Conference of Religious in Ireland, which was then representing 18 religious orders. The State had established the Residential Institutions Redress Board (RIRB), which was intended to provide redress to the former inmates of religious residential institutions. Pat(…)

Race, Roma Parents and the Child Care Act.

Irish and international media outlets have been reporting that, in the past three days,  in two separate operations, gardai removed a young Roma girl and boy from their family homes (see here and here), placed them temporarily in the care of the State, and required them and their parents to submit to DNA testing to(…)

What’s Wrong with the Magdalenes Redress Scheme?

It has been some time since we last covered the issue of the Magdalene Laundries. Since we last posted, the organisation Justice for Magdalenes has ceased its advocacy work on behalf of survivors . It will carry on research work – in particular an oral history project – under the directorship of Katherine O’Donnell at(…)

Forced Marriage in the Republic of Ireland

Several newspapers have carried the details of Mr. Justice MacMenamin’s final ruling as a High Court judge, in which he discussed the 2011 annullment of a marriage between R, a 16 year old Irish Muslim girl of Egyptian origin, and a 29 year old man. The judgment has not yet been made available but the(…)

The Protection of Human Life Bill, 2013: Your Questions Answered.

The General Scheme of the  Protection of Human Life Bill During Pregnancy Bill 2013 was published last night. The General Scheme is not a draft Bill but it gives us a sense of the likely content of the Bill and of the rationale for the proposed provisions. This is a quick overview of some of(…)

Abortion, Unease and Citizenship in Ireland.

This is a cross-post from Inherently Human: Critical Perspectives on Gender, Law and Sexuality. A great deal has been written about the recent developments in Irish abortion law. Most readers will know the basics. The Eighth Amendment to the Irish Constitution, as interpreted in a case famously known as X, provides that a pregnancy may only(…)

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