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UL law research quoted in The Irish Times

Research from Laura Cahillane (UL School of Law) on Article 41.2 of the Constitution – women in the home provision – was quoted in The Irish Times at the weekend.

In truth, of course, women were not meaningfully compensated for what they did at home but, as Brian Walsh noted in 1988, “Astonishingly, this protective guarantee has never been invoked in any litigation.” This was a point reiterated by legal academic Laura Cahillane last year: the article has “never truly been tested” in the courts as a “protective guarantee” requiring the State to provide financial support for women in the home. Cahillane argued that there was no reason the article could not have been developed into a “rights-based provision” as was done with other constitutional provisions by the Supreme Court in the 1960s and 1970s.

Read the full article here: www.irishtimes.com/opinion/diarmaid-ferriter-role-of-women-in-the-home-remains-enigma-1.3629376

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