Gender & Sex

Today in Irish Legal History: The Kerry Babies and the Memory of Feminist Protest.

The Irish Times today carries an article reminding us of the 30th anniversary of the events which lead to the “Kerry Babies case”. Joanne Hayes, approaching her 25th birthday, gave birth late on the night of April 12th, 1984, in what later became controversial circumstances, to a son who did not survive. The infant would(…)

#directprovision14: No to direct provision, dispersal and deportation

#directprovision14: No to direct provision, dispersal and deportation

This post is submitted on behalf of Anti Deportation Ireland by Jacqui O’Riordan and Mike FitzGibbon Anti-Deportation Ireland (ADI) is a national, multi-ethnic grassroots network / alliance of activists, asylum seekers, refugees, community workers, trade unionists and academics who have come together to campaign against forced deportation in Ireland, and for the abolition of the(…)

#directprovision14: Direct Provision and Child Protection

#directprovision14: Direct Provision and Child Protection

Maeve Foreman is a Lecturer in Social Work, Trinity College Dublin and a CORU registered social worker As a social worker I would like to add my voice to concerns about the risks to children of living in Direct Provision.  FLAC (2009) has rightly argued that the HSE (now Child and Family Agency) needs to(…)

Women’s Refuges and the Obligation to Protect Women from Violence

This morning when I logged into Facebook I saw a post from Women’s Aid Dundalk announcing that the refuge there is to close. The full announcement reads as follows: It is with regret that we inform you that Women’s Aid Dundalk Refuge will close on the 27th of June 2014. We have been in negotiations(…)

5 Questions for International Women’s Day.

 It’s International Women’s Day. IWD is an occasion for reflecting on the history of the women’s movement, and on progress made. On International Women’s Day, 1977, Irishwomen United marched to protest against the banning of the feminist magazine Spare Rib. Marie McMahon was arrested for illegal postering, advertising the march. She was questioned under the Emergency Powers Act,(…)

Broken Promises and Delays for Magdalenes: A Response to Minister Alan Shatter.

We are delighted to host this post by Maeve O’Rourke, Barrister and James Smith from Boston College. It is a response to a recent Letter to the Editor of the Irish Times by Minister for Justice, Mr Alan Shatter, T.D. Last Wednesday (Feb. 19th) marked the one-year anniversary of the State apology to Magdalene Laundry(…)

The Trouble with Redress – Symphysiotomy and Other Failures.

In recent days, we have heard a lot from the Government about the scars of past institutional abuses of power in Ireland. We know that women and children were subjected to routine and varied abuses of power in schools, religious penal institutions and hospitals. These violences were bodily, intimate, painful and entirely beyond reduction to(…)

European Migration Network (Ireland) Report on Direct Provision for Asylum Seekers

European Migration Network (Ireland) Report on Direct Provision for Asylum Seekers

The European Migration Network (housed in the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) ) has this morning released a report on The Organisation of Reception Facilities for Asylum Seekers in Ireland.  This 48 page report analyses the system of direct provision for asylum seekers in Ireland. This report succinctly sums up some key concerns that exist(…)

O’Keeffe: Ireland Violated Article 3 ECHR

O’Keeffe: Ireland Violated Article 3 ECHR

The Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights has today handed down a decision in O’Keeffe v Ireland. The facts of the case are generally that Louise O’Keeffe was subject to horrific sexual abuse by a school principle in a national school in the 1970s. A core question (played out also in the(…)

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