Archive for the ‘Human Rights’ Category

Health, Human Rights, Women's Rights

Archbishop needs to take his head out of his palace

TFMR Ireland are dismayed by the callous and hurtful comments of the Catholic Primate which are devoid of the compassion and support needed by women and their families in crisis.


We in TFMR (Terminations For Medical Reasons) Ireland were dismayed by the callous and hurtful comments of Archbishop Eamon Martin today [01st October 2016].  The Catholic Primate of all Ireland said that “the argument of what’s termed fatal foetal abnormality was no more morally relevant than when considering an adult with a life limiting condition.”  This is not the first time that Dr Martin has deliberately conflated Fatal Foetal Anomalies with disabilities or life-limiting conditions.  It is a fact that babies die as a result of foetal abnormalities.  This death may occur during the pregnancy, during delivery or shortly thereafter.  There is no intervention or treatment available which can alter this outcome.  It is also a fact that denying the choice of a termination of pregnancy in these circumstances is a breach of human rights and is cruel, inhuman and degrading as determined by the United Nations Human Rights Committee in the case of Mellet v Ireland earlier this year.
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Dáil Issues, Human Rights, Justice

Clare speaking at the Justice Committee on the campaign to recognise Irish Sign Language (ISL) For full discussion go to

Human Rights, National


 Thursday, 29th September 2016

Coalition to Repeal the Eighth Amendment Outlines ‘Serious Concerns’ with Citizens’ Assembly

The Citizens’ Assembly must consult widely with medical, legal and human rights experts and report back to the Oireachtas by February 2017.  That’s according to the Coalition to Repeal the Eighth Amendment, which held an event in Dublin this morning (29.09.16) to highlight its concerns about how the Assembly will conduct its work.

Speaking at the event, Ailbhe Smyth, Convenor of the Coalition to Repeal the Eighth Amendment, said: “We have serious concerns about the Citizens’ Assembly, and we are appealing to its members to take these on board.

“First of all, we believe it is imperative that the Assembly consults widely with medical, legal and human rights experts, both nationally and internationally.  And, above all, there must be a recognition that the ultimate experts in this debate are women themselves.  The abortion debate has, for too long, been ruled by emotions; it now needs to be informed by expertise, experience and facts.
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Children and Youth Affairs, Human Rights

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“At this rate, our entire community will be reunited with headstones in graveyards”


A delegation of five members of the Coalition of Mother And Baby home Survivors (CMABS) held a hour and a quarter meeting with Minister for Children Katherine Zappone at the Department of Children today. CMABS are extremely disappointed with the Ministers response to their reasonable requests for progress. It is clear that the change of Government earlier this year has reset the clock to zero in relation to our fight for truth and justice and survivors have to almost start from scratch in regards to practically everything. However the most prevalent word used by the Minister today was “NO!”.
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