Issue 46 The Prisons and the Gardai: A Case for Independent Review

Keeping The Scales of Justice Balanced

on Thursday, 18 September 2003. Posted in Issue 46 The Prisons and the Gardai: A Case for Independent Review, 2003

Peter McVerry SJ has worked with homeless young people for the last 30 years

 

Two critical elements of the Criminal Justice System have been in the news recently. The First Annual Report of the Inspector of Prisons(i) was published and the Minister for Justice announced the "most radical reform of the Gardai" since 1924, and promised new legislation giving the Gardai more powers.

A European Exchange: People in Poverty - Partners in Europe

on Tuesday, 23 September 2003. Posted in Issue 46 The Prisons and the Gardai: A Case for Independent Review, 2003

September 2003

Stuart Williams joined ATD Fourth World in 1971  He and his wife Isabelle have been present in Ireland for four years.


"People like that need our help…"

It\'s nothing new, to hear a sentiment like this expressed about people in poverty. Yet it was the speaker and the person about whom this was said that made this recent comment so striking. The speaker, a Traveller living in a temporary site in Dublin, was referring to an Irish Member of the European Parliament she had just met and who she felt needed support from people like her in his efforts to campaign against poverty and social exclusion in Europe.

 

The Residential Tenancies Bill 2003: A Tentative First Step

on Tuesday, 23 September 2003. Posted in Issue 46 The Prisons and the Gardai: A Case for Independent Review, 2003

September 2003

Seamus Murphy SJ is a lecturer at the Milltown Institute


After many decades of neglect, the government is proposing a major reform of the law governing landlord-tenant relations in residential premises.  The proposals are contained in the Residential Tenancies Bill 2003 (hereafter referred to as ‘the bill’)(i).    As is well known in informed circles, but less so to the general public, the Irish tenant’s lack of rights and legal protection is embarrassing to the point of being shameful when compared to such tenants’ status in other EU jurisdictions.  The government’s bill comes not a moment too soon.

When Ireland became an independent State it inherited some appallingly bad housing conditions. This was most notoriously the case in the severely deprived areas of inner-city Dublin, but inadequate and overcrowded housing which lacked basic facilities was also prevalent in towns and villages and rural areas around the country. Read full editorial

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