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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(…)

Re(al)-Productive Health: Our Campaign.

We are pleased to welcome this guest post from  the wonderful people at Re(al)-Productive Health. Re(al)-Productive Health is a working group, launched in October 2013, which actively campaigns on issues concerning reproductive care in Ireland. Our initial campaign has focused on the availability of and access to over the counter emergency hormonal contraception. In April(…)

Obesity and Human Rights in Ireland

Obesity and Human Rights in Ireland

Katharina Ó Cathaoir is a graduate of UCC (BCL Law and Irish, 2011) and TCD (LLM International and Comparative Law, 2012). Katharina is currently undertaking a PhD on childhood obesity from a human rights perspective at the University of Copenhagen. “There is no nice, non-stigmatising way to wish that fat people did not eat [n]or exist”[1] Obesity is a compelling(…)

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(…)

Direct Provision: A Challenge to Law, A Challenge to Rights

Direct Provision: A Challenge to Law, A Challenge to Rights

On February 28 2014, UCD Human Rights Network hosted a seminar, Direct Provision: A Challenge to Law, A Challenge to Rights.  Senator Jillian van Turnhout discussed, amongst other things, political engagement with the direct provision system. Kirsty Linkin, Law Centre (NI) discussed the impact of the Northern Ireland case, ALJ v Secretary of State for the(…)

Advance Directives and Ireland’s New Capacity Legislation

Advance Directives and Ireland’s New Capacity Legislation

Yesterday, the Department of Health published its General Scheme for Advance Directives – a proposed addition to the Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Bill 2013, to be made at Committee stage. The publication of the scheme is certainly welcome, as is the opportunity for individuals to provide submissions to the Department on the Scheme, which will hopefully inform(…)

Ireland and the European Committee on Social Rights

Ireland and the European Committee on Social Rights

There has been much focus on the role of the European Court of Human Rights over the last number of days (see, here and here). A less well known body, the European Committee on Social Rights, is responsible for assessing Ireland’s compliance with the European Social Charter (Revised). The European Social Charter protects a number(…)

O’Keeffe: Ireland Violated Article 3 ECHR

O’Keeffe: Ireland Violated Article 3 ECHR

The Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights has today handed down a decision in O’Keeffe v Ireland. The facts of the case are generally that Louise O’Keeffe was subject to horrific sexual abuse by a school principle in a national school in the 1970s. A core question (played out also in the(…)

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