Poverty & Exclusion

Idealism, Nationalism and the Betrayal of Irish Children: Language of the Mute

My job is to research historical child sexual abuse in Ireland. It’s a job that can be heartbreaking, frustrating, and (still, after eight years) shocking. I think these feelings are shared by the Irish public, who are still reeling from decades of official reports and scandals about the widespread scale of child sexual abuse over(…)

Abortion Law in Northern Ireland – Change at Last?

Abortion Law in Northern Ireland – Change at Last?

Human Rights in Ireland welcomes this guest post from Prof. Marie Fox and Dr. Sheelagh McGuinness (University of Birmingham). A recent blog at Mumsnet highlighted the dire circumstances of Northern Irish women and girls who are rarely able to access abortion on the NHS without travelling to another part of the UK. This year has(…)

Interculturalism and Immigration Reform? Integration Policy in Ireland

Interculturalism and Immigration Reform? Integration Policy in Ireland

It has been an interesting time for asylum and immigration policy in Ireland. Last week saw the publication of the MacMahon Report on Direct Provision (read Liam Thornton’s analysis here), then, at the weekend, leaked documents  provided some insight into Ireland’s “hands-off” approach to early EU negotiations on search and rescue in the Mediterranean. Yesterday,(…)

The Direct Provision Report: A Missed Opportunity

The Direct Provision Report: A Missed Opportunity

You can find my preliminary analysis, including a full summary of the core recommendations from the McMahon Report on the Protection Process and Direct Provision System here.  You can access the McMahon Report here. From an initial reading and examination of this report, in my view, this is a report of two halves. One half(…)

The Direct Provision Report: Summary of Recommendations on Accommodation Standards

The Direct Provision Report: Summary of Recommendations on Accommodation Standards

You can find my preliminary analysis of the McMahon Report on the Protection Process and Direct Provision System here. You can access the McMahon Report here. The Working Group has made a number of unqualified recommendations, qualified recommendations and requests for further reviews of different aspects of direct provision accommodation. The Unqualified Recommendations These recommendations(…)

The Direct Provision Report: The “Five Year” Rule

The Direct Provision Report: The “Five Year” Rule

You can find my preliminary analysis of the McMahon Report on the Protection Process and Direct Provision System here. You can access the McMahon Report here. The focus on speedy determination of asylum claims is nothing new. In the 2002 Programme for Government, the Fianna Fail and Progressive Democrat coalition stated (optimistically): “We will ensure(…)

The Direct Provision Report: The People Impacted

The Direct Provision Report: The People Impacted

You can find my preliminary analysis of the McMahon Report on the Protection Process and Direct Provision System here. You can access the McMahon Report here. The McMahon Report is one of the first attempts by the State to systematically explore the total numbers of persons who are in the protection process and leave to(…)

The Direct Provision Report: An Overview and Introduction

The Direct Provision Report: An Overview and Introduction

You can find my preliminary analysis of the McMahon Report on the Protection Process and Direct Provision System here. You can access the McMahon Report here. The Working Group Report on the Protection System and Direct Provision (McMahon Report) report was released on June 30 2015. The McMahon Report provides a significant number of recommendations(…)

Mohammed Younis Succeeds in the Supreme Court

Mohammed Younis Succeeds in the Supreme Court

In August 2012, the Irish High Court ruled that as Mohammad Younis was in an irregular migration situation, he could not benefit from protections under employment law (see also Dr Darius Whelan‘s excellent analysis of the High Court decision here). Today (25 June 2015), the Supreme Court set aside the decision of the High Court. The(…)

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