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 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

Press Release:


“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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Features, Human Rights, International

by Jamison Maeda

Chelsea Manning has ended her hunger strike after the US Army finally agreed to provide her gender affirming surgery.

“I am unendingly relieved that the military is finally doing the right thing,” says Manning. “I applaud them for that. This is all that I wanted — for them to let me be me. But it is hard not to wonder why it has taken so long.”

Manning’s lawyer made a statement saying “This is a monumental day for Chelsea, who can now enjoy some peace knowing that critically needed medical care is forthcoming. This medical care is absolutely vital for Chelsea as it is for so many transgender people – in and out of prison – who are systemically denied treatment solely because they are transgender.”
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Human Rights, National

Statement from Irish Housing Network

The five families in emergency accommodation have been allowed to stay in Lynam’s Hotel until the 1st of August thanks to negotiations between the Irish Housing Network and the hotel management. The hotel managers are permitting the families to stay free of charge, as Dublin City Council have still not sourced suitable alternative long-term emergency accommodation for them.

The future of these families is far from secure; they refute Dublin City Council’s statement that they have been offered suitable alternative accommodation. While some have been offered short-term rooms in other hotels, none of these places are suitable or secure.
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