Poverty & Exclusion

Human Rights and Social Movements: the Right2Water case

Human Rights and Social Movements: the Right2Water case

On May Day the Irish trade unions involved in the Right2Water campaign released a document entitled Policy Principles for a Progressive Irish Government. In my view, the document is of direct interest for the readers of this blog. This is both because of the sheer magnitude of the movement, but also because of the language(…)

The Embodied Subject: Northern/Irish Feminist Judgments Project

This report of the fourth workshop of the Northern/Irish Feminist Judgments Project is by Sandra Duffy, an LL.M. student in International Human Rights Law & Public Policy at University College Cork. ‘The Embodied Subject’ The fourth workshop of the Northern/Irish Feminist Judgments Project was held in Griffith College Dublin on the 13th and 14th of April 2015.(…)

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(…)

Children’s Rights and Marriage Equality

Children’s Rights and Marriage Equality

Human Rights in Ireland welcomes this guest post on the marriage equality referendum and children’s rights from Prof. Ursula Kilkelly. Ursula is Dean of UCC School of Law and an international expert in rights of the child. Debate on the proposed constitutional amendment introducing marriage equality into Irish law has been dominated by its potential(…)

#DirectProvision15: The Start of Year 16

#DirectProvision15: The Start of Year 16

Caroline Reid is the Communications Officer, Irish Refugee Council. Liam Thornton is a lecturer in law in UCD.  This post concludes the #directprovision15 week long online events. You can access all the blog posts here and can see the Tumblr page here. We would like to express our deep appreciation to all the contributors, in(…)

#DirectProvision15: Proximity Mouth at Dublin Castle

#DirectProvision15: Proximity Mouth at Dublin Castle

This contribution, from Dominic Thorpe, UCD College of Humanities, artist in residence. This was originally published here.  This performance was made in the former children’s court at Dublin Castle. During the performance audience members were given a short tour of the former court by tour guides who have personal experience of the current Direct provision(…)

#DirectProvision15: The Need for Comprehensive Protection

#DirectProvision15: The Need for Comprehensive Protection

This guest post comes from Mehari Fisseha. Asylum seekers and refugees are one of the most demonised and marginalised social groups in Europe. Ireland’s current agenda for dealing with refugees and asylum seekers is inadequate. The government of Ireland is aware of the inadequacy of response and has proposed to make a number of changes that(…)

#DirectProvision15: IASW DP Working Group Submission

#DirectProvision15: IASW DP Working Group Submission

The Irish Association of Social Workers is the national organisation of professional social workers in the Republic of Ireland. The IASW is also an active member of the International Federation of Social Workers. Throughout the country social workers encounter asylum seekers on a daily basis in their work within hospitals, mental health teams, child protection(…)

#DirectProvision15: Children in Direct Provision

#DirectProvision15: Children in Direct Provision

From an End DP Limerick member, who wishes to remain anonymous.  Sitting in my kitchen watching my toddler play with a saucepan, spoon and some dried pasta, I feel very privileged. Recently I visited a direct provision centre, one of a number throughout the country where people seeking asylum from persecution are placed by the(…)

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