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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(…)

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 EU and the 25th anniversary of the UN Migrant Workers Convention

We are delighted to welcome this guest blog by Alan Desmond. This blog first appeared on www.crimmigration.com. As we approach the 25th anniversary of the UN International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families (ICMW), Migrants Matter, a group of postgraduate students and young professionals concerned with(…)

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(…)

Marriage equality: The end of the world as we know it?

We are pleased to welcome this guest post from Professor Donncha O’Connell, Head of the School of Law at NUI Galway. Voting no to marriage equality will have as much effect on surrogacy and other forms of assisted human reproduction as voting no to divorce had on rates of marriage breakdown and voting yes to(…)

Childbirth, Choice and the Courts: The 8th Amendment and More.

Article 40.3.3 of the Constitution reads: ‘The State acknowledges the right to life of the unborn and, with due regard to the equal right to life of the mother, guarantees in its laws to respect, and, as far as practicable, by its laws to defend and vindicate that right.’  We typically think of this as(…)

Guest Post: 20 years after Beijing: let’s take a few steps back.

We are pleased to welcome this guest post from Leonard Taylor, who 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  This post is in response to Aoife O’Donoghue’s article [20 Years after Beijing: Taking a few steps(…)

Health, Gender-Based Violence and the Right to Reparations in Ireland.

I do not accept the Deputy’s comment that the Government is neither sympathetic nor decent in respect of the work it does here. As pointed out with regard to the Magdalen laundries, Priory Hall and many other sensitive serious issues the Government has been sympathetic and decent. Enda Kenny, May 2014. Redress is in the news again. The(…)

After the 8th. #repealthe8th

#AbortionPillTrain Film from Whackala on Vimeo. Tomorrow, Clare Daly’s Bill to Repeal the Eighth Amendment will be debated in the Dail. A rally to support the Bill will begin outside the Dail at 7pm. Daly’s Bill is interesting because it proposes replacing the 8th Amendment with a new provision which would provide explicit protection for(…)

What’s (Still) Wrong with the Symphysiotomy Redress Scheme.

The closing date for applications to the symphysiotomy redress scheme is this Friday.  Assessment has already begun, some redress offers – a very small fraction of the total projected value of the scheme – have already been made and a very small number of those have been accepted. I have written before about the core(…)

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