Máiréad Enright

About Máiréad Enright

http://kent.academia.edu/MaireadEnright

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:

Call for Show of Solidarity – Survivors of Symphysiotomy – September 11th

Survivors of Symphysiotomy are holding a demonstration outside Government Buildings on Thursday September 11th from 11-12.30. Many members of Survivors of Symphysiotomy are going, but many others are in poor health, and cannot attend.  If you can go along, even for a short while, please do. Women are asked to carry a brightly coloured high(…)

Suicide and the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act: Where Are We Now?

This piece is partially cross-posted from Critical Legal Thinking. Those not familiar with the facts of the case as reported by Irish Times journalist Kitty Holland can find a full account of those, and of the basic law behind this case there. In a sense I cannot add to, or improve upon, William Wall’s elegant reflection on(…)

Suicide and the Protection of Life in Pregnancy Act 2013.

Update: I have added notes to this post to take account of what has been published elsewhere since the Independent report quoted below. Reporting of the case has been patchy, and sometimes confused.  See RTE.ie, the Sunday Independent (quoting this piece), the Sunday Times and the Examiner. Dearbhail McDonald of the Irish Independent reported on Saturday on what she(…)

A Mother and Baby Homes Commission: Lessons from the Murphy Report at the UNHRC.

Tuesday was the second, and most eventful, day of the Irish state’s examination before the ICCPR . I have made a Storify of my tweets and some others from Geneva, which is embedded at the bottom of this post, and includes some video from the examination. Symphysiotomy in Geneva  and Mother and Baby Homes in Dublin. I want to dwell,(…)

Ireland before the UNHRC.

I am in Geneva as part of the Irish NGO delegation to Ireland’s 4th Periodic Review under the ICCPR.* Readers will be aware that the UN Human Rights Committee heard testimony early yesterday from some 12 Irish NGOs and civil society organisations, and from the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission. It might be interesting to give a sense of(…)

What’s Wrong With The Murphy Redress Scheme?

The report of the Independent Review of Issues Relating to Symphysiotomy is out. So too, at long last, is Prof. Oonagh Walsh’s final Report on Symphysiotomy in Ireland 1944 -1984.  If you need a reminder of what symphysiotomy is, and of the human rights abuses which characterised its practice in Ireland, you can see Survivors(…)

Abortion Secrecy/Abortion Privacy

These are notes for a  response to Prof. Carol Sanger’s talk ‘Abortion Secrecy/Abortion Privacy’ given at UCC on June 6.  An earlier version of Prof. Sanger’s talk, given at Birmingham Law School, is available to watch here, and is well worth your time. Abortion Secrecy Secrecy is as much about what others would think if they(…)

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(…)

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