January 28, 2014
by Bradley McAllister
The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled 11-6 on Tuesday that the state of Ireland is liable for the sexual abuse of a schoolgirl, aged nine, by a lay teacher in an Irish National School in 1973. Louise O'Keeffe brought the case to the European rights court after the Ireland high court ...[read more]
December 12, 2013
by Jaclyn Belczyk
Same-sex couples in Northern Ireland will soon be able to adopt children, officials said Wednesday. The announcement came after the Supreme Court rejected an appeal by Health Minister Edwin Poots, finding that it did not meet the criteria. The Northern Ireland High Court ruled last year that the ...[read more]
November 4, 2013
by Peter Snyder
The Irish Convention on the Constitution voted Sunday in favor of recommending that the offense of blasphemy in the Irish Constitution be altered and replaced with a new general provision to include incitement to religious hatred. The Convention on the Constitution was established in 2012 by ...[read more]
October 12, 2013
by Matthew Pomy
A Northern Ireland judge ruled Friday that Health Minister Edwin Poots could not continue to enforce the lifetime ban on gay men donating blood, calling the law "irrational." The lifetime ban was introduced in the UK in the 1980s in an effort to prevent the spread of diseases that can be carried ...[read more]
October 7, 2013
by Max Slater
Voters in Ireland on Saturday rejected a constitutional amendment that would have abolished the country's Senate, dealing a defeat to Prime Minister Enda Kenny. Kenny had personally campaigned for the amendment, saying that the Senate was toothless, undemocratic and unnecessary in light of recent... ...[read more]
September 12, 2013
by Laura Klein Mullen
Northern Ireland will struggle to move forward due to its failure to establish the truth about abuses committed during its civil unrest, Amnesty International (AI) warned in a report published Thursday. The report, entitled "Northern Ireland: Time to Deal with the Past," speaks extensively about ...[read more]
July 30, 2013
by Endia Vereen
Irish President Michael Higgins on Tuesday signed the country's first abortion bill into law, legalizing the practice in exceptional cases where doctors deem a woman's life at risk. The Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill allows women to pursue an abortion to alleviate life-threatening ...[read more]
July 20, 2013
by Zachariah Rivenbark
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948 did not contain a provision for reproductive rights, but the United Nations approved the Proclamation of Teheran in 1968 at the World Conference for Human Rights, which defined reproductive rights as human rights. The UN also included full access ...[read more]
July 12, 2013
by Jaclyn Belczyk
The Irish Parliament voted 127-31 Friday in favor of a bill that would allow a woman to undergo an abortion if her life is at risk. The Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill was passed after contentious debate, particularly concerning a provision that allows a woman to undergo an abortion if ...[read more]
July 3, 2013
by Laura Klein Mullen
Ireland's Parliament voted 138-24 on Tuesday to pass the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill, which would more liberally legalize abortions in cases of medical emergencies. Ireland currently has abortion laws which are heavily influenced by the Catholic Church, to which two-thirds of the ...[read more]

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