Poverty & Exclusion

“Let us Play”: Support Children in Direct Provision

“Let us Play”: Support Children in Direct Provision

The Children’s Rights Alliance are currently fundraising to fund football equipment, club registration fees and football gear for kids in the direct provision system. You can make a donation to this fundraising event here. The system of direct provision has been under sustained media and public scrutiny since Carl O’Brien’s  excellent Irish Times series, Lives in(…)

Time for Our Referendum

The following is the text of a letter written by a number of regular HRinI contributors and signed by over 100 academics, which was published in the Irish Times today (full list of signators only available online). Here we have added a number of additional signatures received after the letter went to press. Others who wish(…)

The Future Voices of Ireland Have Their Say

The Future Voices of Ireland Have Their Say

Human Rights in Ireland welcomes this guest post from Mairead Healy, Dean Brennan Perth and Alina Balc. Mairead is the Executive Director of Future Voices Ireland and an Ashoka Global Fellow; Dean and Alina are secondary school students and have undertaken the Future Voices Ireland Flagship programme.  Future Voices Ireland is an innovative youth empowerment NGO(…)

Direct Provision: The Beginning of the End?

Direct Provision: The Beginning of the End?

Over the last number of weeks, there have been potentially significant developments in relation to the system of direct provision for asylum seekers in Ireland. Last week, the High Court case challenging the system of direct provision concluded. A decision is expected over the next number of weeks (see here for background). Speaking on 24(…)

Janning on Bringing ESC Rights Home: Ireland and the OP ICESCR

Janning on Bringing ESC Rights Home: Ireland and the OP ICESCR

We are pleased to welcome this guest post from Pia Janning who is the Legal Officer of Amnesty International Ireland’s ESC Rights Team “All [human rights] must be treated in a fair and equal manner, on the same footing, and with the same emphasis” such was the reaffirmation by states, including Ireland, in the 1993 Vienna Declaration(…)

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,(…)

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(…)

Expulsion from Direct Provision: The right to housing & basic subsistence for asylum seekers

Expulsion from Direct Provision: The right to housing & basic subsistence for asylum seekers

Human Rights in Ireland welcomes this guest post from Colin Lenihan. Colin is a trainee solicitor for KOD Lyons Solicitors a leading human rights & public interest law firm, who represent asylum seekers and other vulnerable migrants.  During Ireland’s last examination by the United Nations Committee Against Torture, in May 2011 the then Secretary General of the Department(…)

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(…)

The Myth of the Cherished Child in Ireland

The Myth of the Cherished Child in Ireland

The last number of weeks have seen much hand wringing and pretense of ‘not knowing’ from government, politicians and the public at large to the treatment of mothers and children for many decades in Ireland (see here, here, here and here). The penal institutions of borstals, industrial schools, ‘unmarried mother’ country homes, homes for first unmarried(…)

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