Human Trafficking – Modern Slavery in Ireland

The 14th annual UCC Law Conference takes place on November 19th in the Aula Maxima at University College Cork. This is the only student-run professional law conference in Ireland and it is sponsored by William Fry. This year’s theme is “Human Trafficking – Modern Slavery in Ireland” and the speakers include: – Colm O’Dwyer BL(…)

Direct Provision Still Under the Spotlight

Direct Provision Still Under the Spotlight

On Friday, 14th November 2014, the High Court will deliver its decision on the challenge to the direct provision system in the case of  C.A and T.A. (a minor) v Minister for Justice and Equality, Minister for Social Protection, the Attorney General and Ireland (Record No.  2013/751/JR). For background on this case, see here and here. Whatever the(…)

Ireland’s Policing Authority

The General Scheme of the Garda Síochána Amendment Bill provides for the establishment of a Policing Authority for Ireland. This legislation is the result of a Government commitment earlier this year to establish an independent authority which was followed by a consultation process and a consultative forum held in Dublin last summer. This piece is(…)

Resisting the Water Charges and Defending Our Right to Protest

We are pleased to welcome this guest post from Communities Against  Water Charges We are residents of a number of communities in Dublin North East. Over the last number of months we have come together to resist the installation of water meters in our areas, and to oppose this unfair double taxation that the government(…)

Changing Mindsets, Changing Minds: Conference on the Rights of Children of Offenders

Changing Mindsets, Changing Minds: Conference on the Rights of Children of Offenders

Human Rights in Ireland welcomes this post from Dr Fiona Donson, UCC Children whose parents have been incarcerated have often been referred to as “invisible victims of crime and the penal system”. It is well accepted that the absence of a parent for a prolonged period of time will affect the physical and mental wellbeing(…)

New Publication: Ireland and the European Convention on Human Rights

New Publication: Ireland and the European Convention on Human Rights

A new edited collection, Ireland and the European Convention on Human Rights: 60 Years and Beyond, has just been published by Bloomsbury. Edited by Suzanne Egan, Judy Walsh and myself, this collection explores 60 years of the ECHR in Ireland and the impact (or otherwise!) of the European Convention on Human Rights Act 2003 on the Irish(…)

Civil Society Perspectives on Business and Human Rights

We are delighted to welcome the latest in a series of cross-posts by Dr Shane Darcy from the Business and Human Rights in Ireland Blog. The Business and Human Rights in Ireland Blog is dedicated to tracking and analysing developments relating to business and human rights in Ireland. It aims to address legal and policy issues, as well(…)

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(…)

Sinn Féin, Constitutional Politics and the Rule of Law

Six months ago, Malachi O’Doherty claimed that with his arrest over the murder of Jean McConville, Gerry Adams’ political career was as good as over; “Adams’s southern political ambitions are now dead, whatever happens next”. Just a month later, following European and Local elections that saw Sinn Féin maintain their position in Northern Ireland and(…)

National Demonstration to End Direct Provision: 20 November 2014

National Demonstration to End Direct Provision: 20 November 2014

Human Rights in Ireland welcomes this post from Caroline Reid. Caroline is the Communications Officer for the Irish Refugee Council.  The Facebook event page for this National Demonstration to End Direct Provision can be accessed here. On Universal Children’s Day there will be a National Demonstration in Dublin City. Gathering at the Dáil at 1pm,(…)

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