In the years preceding independence, the vision of Ireland as a women in need of protection became a standard of nationalism. Genderised Ireland has roots in Róisín Dubh and the Earl of Tyrone’s attempts to stay off the Tudor expansion in Ireland. Directly linking the Earl’s resistance to his daughter’s woes, standing in for a(…)
We are delighted to welcome this guest post from Laura Cahillane. Laura Cahillane is a Post Doctoral Fellow in the Law Department at University College Cork. Her research interests lie primarily in Constitutional Law, Legal History and Administrative Law. You can contact Laura at firstname.lastname@example.org The debates on the judicial pay referendum seem to have taken a dramatic turn in(…)
It was announced last week that amidst concerns surrounding the low participation of women in Irish politics, the Government intends to introduce legislation requiring political parties to field a minimum quota of 30% of female candidates for elections. This requirement will be enforced through an unusual administrative sanction. Parties failing to meet this target would,(…)
Interview with Emily Logan As part of the SCS on Children’s Rights, the Ombudsman for Children and Young People, Emily Logan, very kindly agreed to be interviewed by HRinI. Emily is at the forefront of debates on children’s rights and services in Ireland and has been a vocal propenent of a constitutional amendment relating to children’s rights.
As Liam mentioned here, I published an opinion piece in yesterday’s Irish Times in which I argued that commonly made calls for the wholesale replacement of the Irish Constitution (such as those made by, for example, the Labour Party, Justine McCarthy on Monday’s evening’s Aftershock on RTÉ and Leviathan) are misdirected. Instead of ushering in(…)
At a meeting of the Oireachtas Committee on Foreign Affairs today, Fine Gael’s Alan Shatter T.D. suggested that recent industrial action by public service workers in the passport office may be breaching constitutional rights. The industrial action in question has caused a backlog of over 40,000 passport applications and citizens are currently experiencing long delays(…)
Yesterday, Fine Gael published their 101 page document, ‘New Politics’, setting out what they consider to be “the most ambitious programme for political reform since the 1930s’. For the non-constitutional scholars amongst our readership, 1937 saw the adoption of Bunreacht na hÉireann, the Constitution of Ireland that remains the only between-World Wars European constitution to(…)