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# Civil Liberties

This year
Opinion: New legislation reforming garda and oversight bodies isn't in line with best practice
Doireann Ansbro of the Irish Council for Civil Liberties says the proposed reforms of Garda bodies doesn’t go far enough.
Last year
Irish Council for Civil Liberties demands that Gardaí not receive power to compel a password
Rights groups have also called on Gardaí to record the ethnicities of people stopped and search in order to prevent discrimination.
Rights group ‘strongly opposed’ to gardaí being granted facial-recognition technology
Civil liberties groups say it enables “mass surveillance”, the Minister for Justice disagrees.
All time
Justice Committee: Govt should create strategy to address premature release of info into media
The Joint Committee on Justice released its report ‘Civil Liberties during the Covid-19 Pandemic’ today.
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.
Cabinet approves emergency Covid-19 legislation ahead of Thursday's Dáil sitting
Leo Varadkar and President Michael D Higgins met this afternoon to discuss the State’s efforts to combat the coronavirus.
Lynn Ruane: I'm tabling a bill to support the voices of community and advocacy groups
We need a vibrant and active civil society. Otherwise politicians and big business will call all the shots, writes Senator Lynn Ruane.
FactCheck: Who wants to get rid of the Special Criminal Court?’s GE16 FactCheck examines claims made by Sinn Féin about a surprising election issue.
A 16-year-old schoolboy was arrested in Turkey for insulting the country's president
He faces up to four years in prison for accusing President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of corruption.
Open letter to the Taoiseach and Tánaiste: Fight Egypt's jailing of journalists
Irish journalists, academics, union leaders and lawyers urge Irish government to press for freedom of journalists in Cairo.
Poll: Should suspects in garda custody get more legal protection?
A Supreme Court ruling suggests clarification is needed, what do you think?
Civil liberties groups claim PRISM breaches international human rights
A full-page newspaper ad, to coincide with an EU-US summit in Dublin, claims surveillance breaches United Nations conventions.
My favourite speech: Simon Harris
Continuing our summer series on of public figures’ favourite speeches, one of the youngest members of the Dáil, Simon Harris, picks a speech by Bobby Kennedy.
Poll: Should parents be given access to details of sex offenders in their area?
Should a law similar to the so-called Sarah’s Law in the UK be introduced in Ireland?
12-year-old girl sues school over Facebook password
The US pupil says she was forced to reveal her personal profile information after posting comments about staff members.
Police in New South Wales granted new powers to remove face veils
Police in Australia’s most populous state will now be permitted to demand that a woman remove her face covering when investigating minor offences.
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.
FBI to ease restrictions on agents' investigative powers
The FBI is due to release a new edition of its manual that will endow agents with new powers to monitor people who have caught their attention – including rummaging through their rubbish and putting surveillance teams on targets.
Last-minute rubberstamping of Public Service Cards scheme "a costly political stunt"
Irish civil rights group criticises Eamon O Cuiv issuing of ‘ID cards’ on last day in office.