In a crushing defeat for the Irish political establishment and ruling class, the jury in the #jobstownnotguilty case in Ireland found all 6 defendants not guilty of the “false imprisonment” of former Deputy Prime Minister, Joan Burton, during a spontaneous protest against water charges and austerity in the working class neighborhood of Jobstown, in Tallaght, South West Dublin.
Another abortion rights case is currently on its way to the European Court of Human Rights. This case aims to challenge the decision by Tory Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt to deny women from Northern Ireland free access to abortions under the NHS in England.
In 2015, a referendum was held to allow the people in the South to decide whether same-sex marriage should be legalised – 62% of voters supported legalisation and in turn defied the dominance of the Catholic Church within state policy. However, the political establishment have since shown no sign […]
It’s 50 years since the 1967 Abortion Act was passed in Britain, and yet, women in Northern Ireland are still denied the right to choose. Making abortions illegal hasn’t stopped women from having them. It has simply forced them to travel abroad at great cost, risk criminalisation for accessing abortion pills or put their lives at risk with other, dangerous methods of termination.
At the end of April, the biggest political trial in Ireland for a generation began with seven activists facing charges of false imprisonment for taking part in a sit-down protest and slow march. Should there be a guilty verdict, the defendants face a maximum sentence of ten years and it will set a dangerous precedent for the future of protest and social movements.