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# Irish Council for Civil Liberties

This year
# strike action
Walkout Wednesday: Up to 500,000 workers across the UK on strike today
Teachers, university lecturers, train drivers, civil servants, bus drivers and security guards are going on strike.
Last year
# budget22
Civil liberties group calls on Government to restore barrister legal aid fees
The Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) said that the Government should invest €8.6 million in a number of human rights measures.
# New powers
Rights group ‘strongly opposed’ to gardaí being granted facial-recognition technology
Civil liberties groups say it enables “mass surveillance”, the Minister for Justice disagrees.
Data complaint lodged against GeoDirectory for 'selling personal information' to companies
The ICCL said it was able to buy data about people living in Limerick and Dublin and whether they are “deprived’, “struggling” or “affluent”.
Ombudsman opens inquiry into whether EU is properly monitoring GDPR application in Ireland
The European Ombudsman is carrying out the inquiry on foot of a complaint from the Irish Council for Civil Liberties.
All time
# inquests
Call for reform of 'inadequate' coroner system after families experience long delays in investigations
A new report has criticised the current system.
# Civil Liberties
Call for lockdown protest guidelines after violence at Dublin demonstration
A group says the guidelines could address issues including the size of demonstrations and wearing face coverings.
'No-one has been held responsible': Case of Dara Quigley to come before Oireachtas committee
The journalist and activist died by suicide in April 2017. Weeks before, images of her had been shared widely online.
# Survey
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.
# online safety act
Facebook urges against 'punitive' fines for firms who breach Government's new online safety laws
The government published submissions on the proposed laws today.
# Freedom of Information
'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.
# Report
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.
# national accessibility week
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.
# 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.
# Same-Sex Marriage
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.
# Human Rights
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.
# Marriage equality
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.
# Abortion
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.
# Human Rights
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.
# 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.
# Your Say
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.
# transgender
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.
# South Africa
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.
# Prisons
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.
# Self-Defence?
Reasonable force against intruders allowed
Some fear the new law will give homeowners a licence to kill.