Dr Susan Leahy (School of Law) has contributed an article to RTE Brainstorm which discusses her research on sexual offences. She discusses the challenges of proving an absence of consent in rape trials and suggests the introduction of judicial directions to guide jurors in interpreting the new statutory definition of consent which was included in… Continue reading OPINION: A question of consent
Analysis: next week's election will see if Zimbabwe's voters are ready for change after decades of treachery, suspicion and fear under Robert Mugabe. Written by John Hogan, Department of Politics and Public Administration, University of Limerick for RTÉ Brainstorm. "Fears of rigging and repression remain, as 45 percent of voters think it likely that incorrect results will be… Continue reading Opinion: Is Zimbabwe about to have an electoral earthquake?
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The introduction of a statutory definition of consent in the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) Act 2017 represented a significant development of Irish sexual offences law, bringing it into conformity with that of other common law jurisdictions such as England and Wales and Canada. Section 48 of the 2017 Act amends the Criminal Law (Rape) (Amendment) Act 1990 to provide a two-tier definition of consent, beginning with a clear, positive statement of what constitutes a legally valid consent to sexual activity: ‘A person consents to a sexual act if he or she freely and voluntarily agrees to engage in that act’. The second tier then gives further guidance on consent, providing a list of eight situations where consent will be deemed to be absent (e.g. where an individual submits as a result of the use or threat of force; where an individual is asleep or unconscious, or; where…
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By Silvia Benini, Marta Giralt and Liam Murray, School of Modern Languages and Applied Linguistics, University of Limerick, for RTÉ Brainstorm. Social media use and abuse is a widely acknowledged international phenomenon. We appear to be eating, living and sleeping social media, whilse ignoring the potential risk to millions in human development caused by our… Continue reading OPINION: Just how much of social media is enough?
Dr Mary Tumelty (School of Law, UL) has an opinion piece in today’s Irish Examiner on mediation in medical negligence cases. CervicalCheck cases highlight fundamental problems with the adversarial approach taken in medical negligence litigation. The cases taken by a number of women affected by the scandal including Vicky Phelan and Emma Ni Mhathúna have… Continue reading OPINION: Mediation process still has a long way to go
In her opinion piece on RTÉ's Brainstorm, Dr Niamh NicGhabhann (Irish World Academy of Music and Dance) argues that attending a festival in itself is something of a transgressive act. Festivals and festive events can act in many ways. They can provide an important point of continuity for communities, communal rituals that allow them to… Continue reading OPINION: Summer festivals: a queue for a portaloo or a play at revolution?
An opinion piece written by Dr Lydia Bracken, School of Law, published on RTÉ Brainstorm, examines the legal implications of the delay in the commencing the provisions of the Children and Family Relationships Act 2015 that relate to donor-assisted human reproduction (DAHR). But celebrating three years of marriage equality is tempered by the fact that… Continue reading OPINION: The kids are not alright: why some children are in a legal bind
Dr Laura Cahillane (School Of Law) writes for RTÉ'S Brainstorm that the 7th amendment of the Constitution allows all graduates in Ireland to vote in Seanad elections, but the enabling legislation has never been enacted. It is clear that reform of the Seanad, if it is to happen, will be a complicated process and it is… Continue reading OPINION: Why reform of Seanad Éireann should start with the electorate
Dr Máiréad Moriarty, School of Modern Languages and Applied Linguistics, writes for RTÉ Brainstorm that while it is impossible to speak without an accent, it is something which is ultimately controlled by ourselves. Despite the fact that many people believe they do not speak with an accent, the reality is that it is impossible to… Continue reading OPINION: What do our accents say about us?
John Hogan, Department of Politics and Public Administration, writes for RTÉ's Brainstorm that many of the human rights violations suffered by Palestinians today call to mind the ills of apartheid, though there are some important differences. Amidst the shocking footage from the Gaza-Israel border this week, many online observers noted one photograph for its similarity to… Continue reading OPINION: Does Israel’s treatment of Palestinians amount to apartheid?
Laura Donnellan’s (School of Law) opinion piece discusses the recent retirement of Katie Walsh and the involvement of women in horseracing dating back to the latter part of the nineteenth century. The role and contribution of women in racing has become increasingly publicised. The amount of news coverage that Walsh’s retirement has generated is testament… Continue reading Opinion: Women in horseracing
John Hogan, Department of Politics and Public Administration, writes for RTÉ's Brainstorm on the issue of land reform in South Africa. South Africa has seen a surge in land invasions in recent months, a further indication of how emotive this issue is for many citizens Read in full: http://www.rte.ie/eile/brainstorm/2018/0419/955629-this-land-is-my-land/