Children & Families

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(…)

The Rights of Others: Asylum Seekers and Direct Provision in Ireland

The Rights of Others: Asylum Seekers and Direct Provision in Ireland

On 24 June 2014, I spoke at a seminar The Ethic’s of ‘Home’: Direct Provision, Homelessness and Ireland’s Housing Policies.  This seminar, organised by Dr Ronni Greenwood, sought to explore conceptions and meanings of home, in the context of housing and homelessness. My paper, The Rights of Others: Asylum Seekers and Direct Provision in Ireland sought to(…)

Obesity and Human Rights in Ireland

Obesity and Human Rights in Ireland

Katharina Ó Cathaoir is a graduate of UCC (BCL Law and Irish, 2011) and TCD (LLM International and Comparative Law, 2012). Katharina is currently undertaking a PhD on childhood obesity from a human rights perspective at the University of Copenhagen. “There is no nice, non-stigmatising way to wish that fat people did not eat [n]or exist”[1] Obesity is a compelling(…)

Vaccine Trials on Children in Residential Settings: Legal and Ethical Perspectives

We are pleased to welcome this guest post from Katherine Wade. Katherine is a PhD candidate in the Faculty of Law, University College Cork under the supervision of Professor Ursula Kilkelly and Dr. Deirdre Madden. Her PhD examines the legal and ethical aspects of the involvement of neonates in clinical trials in Ireland from a(…)

New Publication: #DirectProvision14 No Place to Call Home

New Publication: #DirectProvision14 No Place to Call Home

Following on from Human Rights in Ireland’s marking of 14 Years of Direct Provision in Ireland (see all posts here), along with Caroline Reid from the Irish Refugee Council, a publication marking this event has now been produced. Once again, my thanks to all those who contributed blog posts, in particular asylum seekers who spoke(…)

Sorry Day – Australia’s Apology to the Stolen Generation

Sorry Day – Australia’s Apology to the Stolen Generation

Human Rights in Ireland welcomes this guest post from Siobhan Drislane. Siobhan is a graduate of University College Cork (BCL, LLM). She was previously employed as a researcher with the Law Reform Commission of Ireland and is now based in Perth, Western Australia where she works as a Project Coordinator in the Not for Profit sector. Siobhan’s wide areas of interest(…)

Irish Refugee Council and University College Dublin Children’s Rights Summer Camp

Irish Refugee Council and University College Dublin Children’s Rights Summer Camp

Human Rights in Ireland welcomes this guest blog from Samantha Arnold. Samantha is the Children’s and Young Person’s Officer in the Irish Refugee Council. You can donate to the IRC’s Children’s Rights Summer Camp here. The Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) revolutionised the way we view children’s rights.  For youth workers and youth advocates, perhaps(…)

Direct Provision System Challenged in the High Court: Days 3-11

Direct Provision System Challenged in the High Court: Days 3-11

The High Court case,  C.A and T.A. (a minor) v Minister for Justice and Equality, Minister for Social Protection, the Attorney General and Ireland (Record No.  2013/751/JR), challenging the direct provision system is continuing to be heard before Mr Justice Colm Mac Eochaidh (see here and here for background). This purpose of this post is to give a broad(…)

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