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March 31, 2012 Off

Identity in a Post-Racial society

By Dónal Kearney in Miscellaneous

The outgoing head of the Church of England, Dr. Rowan Williams, has spoken out on the impact of identity politics in 21st century United Kingdom. Acknowledging the importance of civil liberty activism since the 1990s, the Archbishop of Canterbury announced that, “identity politics is all very well but we have to have some way of [...]

March 12, 2012 Off

A new approach to sexism in the UK, dear?

By Dónal Kearney in Equality

The triumph of Meryl Streep at the 2012 Golden Globes may have seemed predictable to many. This woman from New Jersey has come to dominate the film industry, attracting critical acclaim with every role she accepts. Her working life is regarded as an example of success surpassing almost all of her colleagues, male and female [...]

February 13, 2012 Off

Locked-In Syndrome & the Right to Die

By Dónal Kearney in Miscellaneous

The case of Tony Nicklinson has been in the public eye since early 2011, but it is an apt time to consider the potential – both moral and legal – of a “common law defence of necessity” to a murder charge in certain euthanasia cases. The case was heard in the High Court on 8th [...]

February 4, 2012 1

Consequences of Legal Aid reform: The struggle of the Citizens’ Advice Bureau

By Dónal Kearney in Miscellaneous

The consequences of legal aid reform in the United Kingdom are vast. Contrary to some political parties’ message, there is an alternative to these cuts. They are avoidable, and are, as such, merely part of an ideological agenda that will benefit those who are deemed by the present government to merit a certain level of [...]

January 21, 2012 1

Public protest vs. Private ownership

By Dónal Kearney in Freedom of assembly

Occupy LSX has been evicted by a high court order, while Occupy Belfast has just set up camp in a disused bank in the city centre. The future of the Occupy movement in the United Kingdom is now in doubt given the precarious legality of this form of protest. Recent years have seen more and [...]

December 17, 2011 Off

Should marital status determine a parent’s right to adopt?

By Dónal Kearney in Equality

A Belfast court has heard that it is not in a child’s interests to be adopted by gay parents in Northern Ireland. Laws in the rest of the UK facilitate adoption by homosexual individuals, but this right is not granted in Northern Ireland. As per Article 14 of the Adoption (Northern Ireland) Order 1987, adoption [...]

December 13, 2011 Off

Equality for the Intern Generation

By Dónal Kearney in Equality

People born within the past thirty years have most likely been told, at least since studying for their GCSEs, that ‘work experience’ is a key factor in their career prospects. Lately, the importance of this extra-curricular activity has grown to an incredible extent as job opportunities diminish and graduates spill into job centres across the UK. For [...]

November 27, 2011 Off

Time is a Healer – but only when the Truth comes out

By Dónal Kearney in Northern Ireland

It has this week come to light that the recently scrutinised Office of the Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland (OPONI) feels it can no longer investigate the killings of anyone shot dead by a police officer during ‘The Troubles’. This exposes a legal loophole in Northern Ireland, which prohibits OPONI from investigating, in the absence [...]

November 16, 2011 Off

Restoring Human Dignity

By Dónal Kearney in Miscellaneous

“Restorative processes give victims the chance to tell offenders the real impact of their crime, to get answers to their questions, and an apology. It lets offenders understand the real impact of what they’ve done, to take responsibility and make amends.” Restorative Justice involves a process “whereby parties with a stake in a specific offence [...]

November 3, 2011 Off

Occupy: The Law

By Dónal Kearney in Freedom of assembly

The Occupy London Stock Exchange (Occupy LSX) camp has attracted attention due to the controversial indecision of the St. Paul’s Cathedral authorities. Now that three leading clergymen have stepped down, the Cathedral seems to be unwilling to contribute to the protest’s demise. The City of London has recently taken the decision to “pause” its own [...]