Civil Liberties

Are There Limits to Absolute Privilege?

We are delighted to welcome back Dr. Jennifer Kavanagh of Waterford Institute of Technology with this guest post on the role of the Defamation Act 2009 in discussions about media reporting of Dail privilege. Introduction The issue of parliamentary speech and protecting both the speech rights of members of the Oireachtas and the media are(…)

Business Said Yes! To Marriage Equality – But Will the Circle be Widened?

  We are delighted to welcome the latest in a series of cross-posts by Dr Shane Darcy from the Business and Human Rights in Ireland Blog.  The Business and Human Rights in Ireland Blog is dedicated to tracking and analysing developments relating to business and human rights in Ireland. It aims to address legal and policy issues, as(…)

Ashers Bakery Loses “Gay Cake” Discrimination Case

In the spring of 2014 efforts to enact same-sex marriage legislation in the Northern Ireland Assembly suffered another setback. Undeterred, QueerSpace, a support group for the LGBT community in Northern Ireland, celebrated its 16th anniversary with an event pushing for reform of the law. Gareth Lee, a volunteer at QueerSpace, ordered a cake for the(…)

Engagements, Unions and the Law: the ‘Re-boot of’ Collective Bargaining in Ireland

We are pleased to welcome this guest post by Professor Michael Doherty, Maynooth University. Whenever a suggestion is made to strengthen the collective bargaining rights of trade unions in the workplace, the cry that ‘the multinationals won’t wear it’ is never far behind. However, Ireland currently has the weakest legal protection for collective bargaining (the(…)

Galway International Summer School on the Arts and Human Rights

  The first Galway International Summer School on the Arts and Human Rights will take place from 9–11 July 2015 in National University of Ireland, Galway.  Co-directed by Prof. Michael O’Flaherty, Director of the Irish Centre for Human Rights and Dr Dominique Bouchard, Curator at the Hunt Museum, it will bring together arts practitioners with(…)

LLM (International Justice) Now Offered by Department of Law, Maynooth University

The LLM (International Justice) programme is a newly approved degree offered by Maynooth University Department of Law. Commencing in September 2015, the LLM (International Justice) will be offered to law graduates and graduates of cognate disciplines (e.g. international relations, social studies, sociology, politics, and other inter-disciplinary degrees which have a focus on the international community(…)

What Makes a Legal Marriage? A Response to the Catholic Church

What Makes a Legal Marriage? A Response to the Catholic Church

Dr Maebh Harding is an Assistant Professor, School of Law, University of Warwick. The recent threat by Ireland’s Catholic bishops to refuse to perform the civil aspects of a wedding if the marriage equality referendum is ratified will have no effect on the legal validity of Catholic marriages in Ireland. Parties to a marriage are married(…)

Devolution and the Future of the UK’s Human Rights Act 1998

The Conservative Party’s concept of a “British Bill of Rights” has long rankled in Northern Ireland. Seemingly in the interests of alliteration such fundamental proposals were titled in a way that carried with it thinly veiled disregard for sensibilities in what is supposedly a constituent part of the UK. Not a UK Bill of Rights,(…)

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