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#Irish Council for Civil Liberties

# irish-council-for-civil-liberties - Friday 19 July, 2019

Vast majority of organisations asked about the PSC said they don't benefit from using it

The Irish Council of Civil Liberties said that there was some confusion and inconsistency from local authorities and other bodies.

# irish-council-for-civil-liberties - Thursday 27 June, 2019

Facebook urges against 'punitive' fines for firms who breach Government's new online safety laws

The government published submissions on the proposed laws today.

# irish-council-for-civil-liberties - Monday 3 June, 2019

'The public has a right to know': Is Ireland's Freedom of Information Act facing an existential crisis?

Court rulings and a lack of resources could be undermining Ireland’s transparency laws.

# irish-council-for-civil-liberties - Wednesday 4 July, 2018

Ireland has the highest rates of some hate crimes in the EU, but no proper laws to address it

A new report identifies “serious gaps” in Ireland’s hate crime laws.

# irish-council-for-civil-liberties - Monday 27 November, 2017

Wheelchair users and people with disabilities can now climb and abseil in Dublin

The new facilities enable people with limited body movement to enjoy the experience of climbing.

# irish-council-for-civil-liberties - Wednesday 22 May, 2013

Power to shut down phone networks is 'proportionate' - watchdog G8

Power to shut down phone networks is 'proportionate' - watchdog

The Irish Council for Civil Liberties says shutting down mobile phone networks is a fair power to deal with terrorist threats.

# irish-council-for-civil-liberties - Sunday 14 April, 2013

Vote for civil marriage for same-sex couples 'an historic step' Same-Sex Marriage This post contains videos

Vote for civil marriage for same-sex couples 'an historic step'

The Constututional Convention has voted overwhelmingly in favour of recommending that the Constitution be changed to allow for civil marriages for same-sex couples.

# irish-council-for-civil-liberties - Tuesday 15 January, 2013

British Airways worker wins landmark religious discrimination case

The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that Nadia Eweida suffered discrimination at work over her Christian beliefs.

# irish-council-for-civil-liberties - Thursday 20 December, 2012

Chief Justice launches guide to rights for gay couples

The guidelines point out rights and obligations attached to civil partnerships and protection for cohabiting couples.

# irish-council-for-civil-liberties - Wednesday 5 December, 2012

Ireland's abortion law under spotlight in Strasbourg

The Council of Europe will assess the government’s action plan on abortion and it is expected the ministers will seek a clear deadline for the implementation of the new legal regime.

# irish-council-for-civil-liberties - Thursday 15 March, 2012

LIVE: Irish UN ambassador explains rejection of human rights suggestions Human Rights This post contains videos

LIVE: Irish UN ambassador explains rejection of human rights suggestions

Irish officials are this morning attending a follow-up hearing about their periodic review of human rights.

Ireland's human rights record under spotlight at the UN

Ireland rejected some recommendations on human rights from the UN last year – and today it will have to explain why.

# irish-council-for-civil-liberties - Friday 13 January, 2012

Poll: Do you agree with the new homeowners self-defence law? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Do you agree with the new homeowners self-defence law?

A new law allows homeowners to use reasonable force in defending themselves and their home if there is an intruder but some think it “insufficiently” protects the right to life of homeowners and intruders.

# irish-council-for-civil-liberties - Friday 15 July, 2011

Transgender people will be forced to divorce to achieve recognition

The Transgender Equality Network says recommendations for new legislation will force people who are married to make a choice between gender recognition and their relationship.

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Nine things to know this morning…

# irish-council-for-civil-liberties - Wednesday 22 June, 2011

Anti-Apartheid leader Kader Asmal dies aged 76

The founder of the Irish Anti-Apartheid Movement, and later a government minister, dies in South Africa.

# irish-council-for-civil-liberties - Thursday 10 February, 2011

Torture watchdog slams conditions in Irish prisons

The report from a Council of Europe committee heavily criticises conditions in some of the country’s major prisons.

# irish-council-for-civil-liberties - Monday 19 July, 2010

THE USE OF REASONABLE force against intruders will be permitted under a new bill introduced by the government.

The Criminal Law Defence and the Dwelling Bill 2010 will allow homeowners to defend themselves or their property in the case of an intruder entering their home.

A homeowner – or a visitor – is now permitted to stand their ground if attacked in their home.  Notably, the bill specifically states there is no requirement for a person to retreat when faced with an intruder.

The justifiable use of force may even lead to the death of an intruder. The bill states: “The use of force shall not exclude the use of force causing death.”

Under the new bill, the use of lethal force is lawful if an intruder hurts a homeowner – but also the property itself. This clause has been criticised by those who believe it will give homeowners a ‘licence to kill.’

Mr Mark Kelly, Director of the Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL), has said the bill was “placing the right to defence of property above the right to life.”

Six years ago, the debate about self-defence and reasonable force surfaced very publicly in Ireland with the death of John Ward in County Mayo.

Ward died after being beaten with a stick and shot twice after trespassing on Padraig Nally’s property. Nally was charged with manslaughter.