Culture & Religion

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,(…)

Ireland before the UNHRC.

I am in Geneva as part of the Irish NGO delegation to Ireland’s 4th Periodic Review under the ICCPR.* Readers will be aware that the UN Human Rights Committee heard testimony early yesterday from some 12 Irish NGOs and civil society organisations, and from the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission. It might be interesting to give a sense of(…)

What’s Wrong With The Murphy Redress Scheme?

The report of the Independent Review of Issues Relating to Symphysiotomy is out. So too, at long last, is Prof. Oonagh Walsh’s final Report on Symphysiotomy in Ireland 1944 -1984.  If you need a reminder of what symphysiotomy is, and of the human rights abuses which characterised its practice in Ireland, you can see Survivors(…)

Vaccine Trials on Children in Residential Settings: Legal and Ethical Perspectives

We are pleased to welcome this guest post from Katherine Wade. Katherine is a PhD candidate in the Faculty of Law, University College Cork under the supervision of Professor Ursula Kilkelly and Dr. Deirdre Madden. Her PhD examines the legal and ethical aspects of the involvement of neonates in clinical trials in Ireland from a(…)

Marking the 2004 Citizenship Referendum – Wednesday June 11 at 1pm

At 1 pm on Wednesday June 11th, a solidarity event will be held outside the Dáil  to mark ten years since the 2004 Citizenship Referendum was passed. The referendum ended the automatic right of children born in Ireland to Irish citizenship.  Over the last ten years, this referendum has divided families, divided the entire population, and(…)

Abortion Secrecy/Abortion Privacy

These are notes for a  response to Prof. Carol Sanger’s talk ‘Abortion Secrecy/Abortion Privacy’ given at UCC on June 6.  An earlier version of Prof. Sanger’s talk, given at Birmingham Law School, is available to watch here, and is well worth your time. Abortion Secrecy Secrecy is as much about what others would think if they(…)

New Publication: #DirectProvision14 No Place to Call Home

New Publication: #DirectProvision14 No Place to Call Home

Following on from Human Rights in Ireland’s marking of 14 Years of Direct Provision in Ireland (see all posts here), along with Caroline Reid from the Irish Refugee Council, a publication marking this event has now been produced. Once again, my thanks to all those who contributed blog posts, in particular asylum seekers who spoke(…)

Travellers in the Irish Prison System: A Qualitative Study

We are delighted to welcome this guest post from Deirdre Malone,  Executive Director of the Irish Penal Reform Trust. On Monday 19th May the Irish Penal Reform Trust launched “Travellers in the Irish Prison System: A Qualitative Study”. In 2011 the UNCAT had expressed concern at the reports of allegations of intimidation of Traveller prisoners especially in Cork(…)

Conference: Law in Action Re-Imagining Clinical Legal Education In Ireland

Conference: Law in Action Re-Imagining Clinical Legal Education In Ireland

On Friday, 13th June 2014 from 10am to 5pm, UCD Sutherland School of Law will host a conference Law in Action Re-Imagining Clinical Legal Education In Ireland.  Organised  jointly between UCD School of Law,  the Public Interest Law Alliance, University of Ulster Law Clinic and the Irish Clinical Legal Education Association, the full programme with an(…)

Law Society’s 10th Annual Human Rights Lecture, 13th June, 2014

The Right Hon the Baroness Hale of Richmond, Deputy President of the UK Supreme Court, will deliver the Law Society’s Annual Human Rights Lecture this year. The Lecture will take place on Friday, 13th June, at 6pm in the President’s Hall of the Law Society, Blackhall Place, Dublin 7.   The title of this year’s(…)

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