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The Irish Abortion Referendum: An Opportunity for Change

The Irish Abortion Referendum: An Opportunity for Change

Today, the Irish people will be asked to vote in a referendum on whether or not to repeal the 8th Amendment of the Irish Constitution which prohibits access to abortion...
Proposal to make ‘disadvantaged socio-economic status’ a prohibited ground of discrimination under Irish law    

Proposal to make ‘disadvantaged socio-economic status’ a prohibited ground of discrimination under Irish law    

The Equality (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2017, was introduced in the lower house of the Irish Parliament at the end of last year and is currently working its way through the...
Irish High Court rules Constitution protects a ‘Right to an Environment’

Irish High Court rules Constitution protects a ‘Right to an Environment’

The recent 2017, Irish High Court judgment on environmental rights has been described as ‘historic’ as it declared that the Irish Constitution protects an un-enumerated personal constitutional ‘right to an...
The Irish Referendum and the Road to Safe, Legal Abortion

The Irish Referendum and the Road to Safe, Legal Abortion

The Irish government has now announced that it will hold a referendum on repealing the 8th Amendment in 2018. Inserted in the Constitution in 1983, the 8th protects a constitutional...
Human Rights-Based Migrant Integration Policy: Lessons from Ireland, Part II – Applying the Human Rights-Based Model

Human Rights-Based Migrant Integration Policy: Lessons from Ireland, Part II – Applying the Human Rights-Based Model

The first part of this post emphasised the importance of supporting public sector bodies in developing human rights-based migrant integration policies. We also outlined how our project (funded by the...
Human Rights-Based Migrant Integration Policy: Lessons from Ireland – Part I

Human Rights-Based Migrant Integration Policy: Lessons from Ireland – Part I

The issue of migrant integration has become a key policy area for many European countries, as well as the European Union (“EU”) level. “Integration” is a notoriously difficult idea to...
Asylum Seekers Gain the Right to Work in Ireland

Asylum Seekers Gain the Right to Work in Ireland

Asylum seekers arriving in Ireland are prohibited from seeking employment until a determination of their application for asylum has been made. In the meantime, asylum seekers are required to stay...
Legislating for Trans Equality: Recent Developments in the United Kingdom and Ireland

Legislating for Trans Equality: Recent Developments in the United Kingdom and Ireland

In January 2016, the House of Commons Select Committee on Women and Equalities published a landmark report on ‘Transgender Equality’. Among the Committee’s many recommendations was a proposal to amend...
Ireland’s Abortion Ban: Subjecting Women to Suffering and Discrimination

Ireland’s Abortion Ban: Subjecting Women to Suffering and Discrimination

Ireland has one of the world’s most restrictive abortion law regimes. Following a referendum in 1983, the 8th Amendment of the Irish Constitution was inserted in the form of Article...
Dignifying Movement: Advocating for Reform of Irish Labour Migration Policy

Dignifying Movement: Advocating for Reform of Irish Labour Migration Policy

Migration is a global reality that has increasingly become the subject of academic and popular debate. Last week, Migrant Rights Centre Ireland (MRCI) contributed to the discussion by publishing a...
Irish Government Abandons Plans to Reduce Elitism in Schools

Irish Government Abandons Plans to Reduce Elitism in Schools

In a disappointing blow for proponents of equality, the Irish Minister for Education, Jan O’Sullivan TD, announced on 9 December that she is not pushing ahead with legislation, the Admissions...
Abortion Law in Ireland: A Model for Change

Abortion Law in Ireland: A Model for Change

Ireland has an extremely restrictive abortion law regime. Since the introduction of the 8th Amendment in 1983, the Constitution has recognised the “right to life of the unborn” in a...

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