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Wave the pro bono flag: it’s time to celebrate the power of public interest law

Wave the pro bono flag: it’s time to celebrate the power of public interest law

Human Rights in Ireland welcomes this guest post from Emma Cassidy. Emma is a legal and communications trainee with PILnet: the Global Network for Public Interest Law, and is based in the organization’s Budapest office. More information on PILnet’s work can be found at www.pilnet.org or on Twitter @PILnet. Emma tweets in a personal capacity(…)

Law, disobedience and ‘the abortion pill’. #abortionpilltrain

Earlier this week, a small number of women and men re-staged the ‘Contraceptive Train’ of 1971 as an ‘Abortion Pill Train’. A group organised by ROSA, Re(al)-Productive Health, Action for Choice and the Socialist Party travelled to Belfast, where they collected pills ordered from Women on Web and delivered to friends’ addresses in the North.  On return to(…)

Northern/Irish Feminist Judgments: First Workshop ‘The Foreign Subject’

We are delighted to welcome back Ruth Houghton, a Graduate Teaching Assistant and Ph.D. candidate at Durham Law School who has previously written for us here and here. Ruth is also a commentator on the Northern/Irish Feminist Judgments Project. The post was published on Inherently Human. The Project As has been previously mentioned on this(…)

The Extraordinary Synod in Rome. Will it bring extraordinary times?

We are pleased to welcome this guest post from Leonard Taylor. Leonard is a PhD candidate at the Irish Centre for Human Rights, NUI Galway. His research topic is on Catholicism and human rights. You can contact him l.taylor3[at]nuigalway.ie From October 5 – 19th an Extraordinary Synod of Catholic bishops called by Pope Francis took(…)

Options for Constitutional Reform #repealthe8th

This joint post by Máiréad Enright and Fiona de Londras draws heavily from Enright & de Londras, “’Empty Without and Empty Within’: The Unworkability of the Eighth Amendment after Savita Halappanavar and Miss Y” (2014) 20(2) Medico-Legal Journal of Ireland __ (forthcoming) The current constitutional framework for abortion, stemming from the Eighth Amendment, inflicts significant harm(…)

The Problems of Travelling to Access Basic Care #repealthe8th

by Sheelagh McGuinness & Marie Fox Following a recent Dublin conference on ‘Building a coalition to repeal the 8th Amendment’, co-organiser Sinéad Kennedy asserted that “[t]he Eighth amendment is a source of discrimination against women but it particularly affects marginalised women who have suffered disproportionately; migrant women, women with little or no income, women who(…)

The Art of Listening #repealthe8th

by Roja Fazaeli The art of listening is in short supply in all too many professions. My own experience giving birth in the National Maternity Hospital in Dublin in January 2014 illustrates this. While I had some moments of extraordinarily good care during my pregnancy, these were outweighed and overshadowed by bad care. I trace(…)

Staying on board: Contraception, abortion and healthcare in Ireland #repealthe8th

by Fiona Dunkin & Aoife Campbell, Re(al)-Productive Health On 22nd May 1971, a band of 47 women marched brazenly and triumphantly into Connolly station in Dublin, armed with various assortments of condoms, spermicides, jelly and what appeared to be contraceptive pills.* To many onlookers in Connolly station that day, this was a scandalous, or at(…)

The Geography of Abortion #repealthe8th

It is interesting to speculate what Irish abortion law might look like if Ireland were to be situated in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean rather than on its edge. (Preferably, this would be somewhere warm and sunny, out of the path of hurricanes). If travelling to our nearest neighbour were a lengthy and prohibitively(…)

ARC on the need to #repealthe8th

by Abortion Rights Campaign A common, almost hackneyed maxim (replicable to outline any injustice by changing the last word) goes that a society is best judged by how it treats its women. If a society treats its women as second-class citizens or, in the already immortal words of the UN Human Rights Committee Chair Sir(…)

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