Civil Liberties

Call for Inquiry into policing of Corrib

On HRinI we’ve blogged on numerous occasions about the ongoing campaign in the West of Ireland to challenge Shell’s building of an on-shore refinery (see for instance here, here and here ) with a particular emphasis on the policing of that dispute. Many of those involved in the protests have come together to call for an(…)

Rule of Law v National Security: The Big Fight Live

In his understated way, Lord Justice Gross announced the latest round of the prize-fight that has defined so much of the debate on the role of the legal system in a liberal democracy since the 9/11 attacks (at [4]): “From time to time, tensions between the principle of open justice and the needs of national(…)

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(…)

Travellers in the Irish Prison System: A Qualitative Study

We are delighted to welcome this guest post from Deirdre Malone,  Executive Director of the Irish Penal Reform Trust. On Monday 19th May the Irish Penal Reform Trust launched “Travellers in the Irish Prison System: A Qualitative Study”. In 2011 the UNCAT had expressed concern at the reports of allegations of intimidation of Traveller prisoners especially in Cork(…)

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(…)

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(…)

An Interference with the Democratic Process: The Right to Vote

We welcome the following guest post from Joan O’Connell. Joan has worked extensively with refugees and survivors of human trafficking in Ireland, including working with separated children. She holds an MA in International Security and Conflict Studies and a Bachelor in Civil Law. She blogs here, and can be found at @joan_ie Update: There has been some movement on this(…)

Conference: Law in Action Re-Imagining Clinical Legal Education In Ireland

Conference: Law in Action Re-Imagining Clinical Legal Education In Ireland

On Friday, 13th June 2014 from 10am to 5pm, UCD Sutherland School of Law will host a conference Law in Action Re-Imagining Clinical Legal Education In Ireland.  Organised  jointly between UCD School of Law,  the Public Interest Law Alliance, University of Ulster Law Clinic and the Irish Clinical Legal Education Association, the full programme with an(…)

The Need for Effective Diversion: The Report into the Death of Gary Douch

The recently published Report into the death of Gary Douch examined the circumstances behind his death in Mountjoy prison in 2006.  The 4 volumes of the Report are available here.  Gary Douch was killed by a Stephen Egan, a prisoner who was identified as being “troublesome and disruptive” and was well known throughout the Irish(…)

Law Society’s 10th Annual Human Rights Lecture, 13th June, 2014

The Right Hon the Baroness Hale of Richmond, Deputy President of the UK Supreme Court, will deliver the Law Society’s Annual Human Rights Lecture this year. The Lecture will take place on Friday, 13th June, at 6pm in the President’s Hall of the Law Society, Blackhall Place, Dublin 7.   The title of this year’s(…)

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