Hundreds of asylum seekers who have been allowed to stay in Ireland cannot leave Direct Provision due to the housing crisis, according to the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (IHREC).
From all corners of the island, across all demographics, and on a wide range of issues, grassroots activism has gone mainstream. From first-time marchers to advocates with decades of experience, campaigners have made their political power felt this year, writes
Inclusion Ireland, the national voluntary organisation which promotes the rights of people with an intellectual disability, is accusing the State of failing in its efforts to “deinstitutionalise” people by removing them from congregated settings.
Ireland’s human rights watchdog handled almost 1,800 queries last year with its chief commissioner claiming 2016 was “a year in which forms of hate and intolerance took centre stage”.
Adoption, children’s and human rights organisations have welcomed the decision by the Department of Children to set up a statutory commission to investigate practices, deaths, illegal adoptions and vaccine trials at the country’s mother-and-baby homes.