Towards Affirmative Action in Irish Education

Amid accusations of educational apartheid in the admissions policies of Irish schools, a landmark Circuit Court ruling in Clonmel allowed an appeal by a secondary school against an Equality Authority ruling that it had indirectly discriminated against a Traveller boy in refusing to admit him. The admissions policy of the Christian Brothers High School in Clonmel is a familiar one in the Irish educational landscape: that the applicant be Catholic; that he would have attended a recognised feeder primary school; and that he would have had a father or brother who attended the school prior to him. Continue reading “Towards Affirmative Action in Irish Education”

Towards Affirmative Action in Irish Education

Hearing Impaired and Deaf Persons Can Sit on Irish Juries

The Free Legal Advice Centre (FLAC) have just issued a press release on a decision by Judge Paul Carney to allow a deaf man undertake jury service.  The press release should be available from the FLAC website later today or tomorrow.  Judge Carney ruled that a profoundly deaf man could sit on a trial jury with the aid of a sign language interpreter.  Judge Carney stated that the objections to having a “13th person in the jury room” could be addressed by the interpreter taking an oath of confidentiality and through the jury foreperson ensuring that the interpreter was confined to their role as interpreter.  This is an important decision that breaks down misconceptions of disability and facilitates the participation of persons with hearing impairments undertaking the important civic duty of jury service.  Counsel for the  DPP (Mary Ellen Ring SC) expressed concern about the confidentiality of jury discussions.  Importantly counsel for the defendant successfully Continue reading “Hearing Impaired and Deaf Persons Can Sit on Irish Juries”

Hearing Impaired and Deaf Persons Can Sit on Irish Juries