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- PublicationAdopt an open approach to historic secret : Irish-American child legacy needs state help to unravel(The Sunday Times, 2013-11-17)Following the release of the film 'Philomena', the light has been shown on the untold stories of Irish American intercountry adoption. As the year of the gathering 2013 draws to a close, the people involved should be help to have their own gathering. This will not be achieved by many unless urgent goverment and religious organisation action is provided to help people in families seperated through adoption to find one another.
- PublicationFostering care : 'relatively' speaking(The Irish Times, 2010-06-01)This article discusses the revelations and outcry about children in state care being placed with families who have not yet been assessed and approved and it argues that there is a danger of generating confusion about the appropriateness of this option. But it is not the option that is faulty. It is not just lack of social workers. The issue is more complex than that.
- PublicationIreland most stringent Covid restrictions in EU since January: Way out of lockdown has to keep on prioritising children’s education(Trinity College Dublin. COVID-19 Law and Human Rights Observatory, 2021-05-06)
;Despite the vaccine rollout, governments across the globe still grapple with containing the Covid infections, keeping hospitalisations down and preventing a surge in fatalities. Since last spring, a group of researchers and volunteers, led by Oxford University, have tracked the multiple government restrictions to citizens, businesses and society at large in almost every part of the world. Last week we have launched the UCD Covid Compared dashboard – in short UCD CoCo – to easily access the underlying data of these Covid policy responses and make the tremendous work of the Oxford team more accessible to everyone through simple colour-coded tables and graphs. Following the third lockdown and opening up of Ireland in April, the obvious question is how strict were Ireland’s rules compared to other EU countries? Out of 42 countries, Ireland had the 3rd most stringent restrictions since the beginning of the pandemic. Only Italy and the UK had enacted tougher rules since March 2020. Broken down by some key indicators, Ireland had closed workplaces and businesses much longer and tougher than any other European country. Similarly, on public transport restrictions Ireland is within the top 5 and for stay-at-home requirements and school closures within the top 10. Most noticeable is that Ireland’s rules on international travel were very lax throughout 2020 and were only tightened after the Christmas travel debacle. 63
- PublicationThe Last Word : Irish-American Adoptions(Irish America, 2014-01)
- PublicationThe legacy of church-run mother and baby homes in Ireland(Irish Central, 2010-07-21)
;This article is based on an interview with Dr. Valerie O’Brien, lecturer and researcher in Applied Social Science at University College Dublin, about her joint project with Dr. Joyce Maguire Pavao, founder and CEO of Center For Family Connections in Boston and lecturer in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. The aim is to reach out to those involved in the adoption of children from Ireland to USA and to record a history obscured by Church and State. By sharing these stories, O’Brien and Maguire Pavao see an opportunity to positively affect modern adoption practices in Ireland as well as bring dignity to the mothers who were forgotten by their community. 1237
- PublicationThe lost generation of mother and baby homes(Nenagh Guardian, 2010-11-06)In the wake of the Ryan and Murphy report, many previously untold stories about life in Ireland have got told. The telling of these stories has brought great relief to many but it has also presented difficulties. Telling secrets can be difficult but can also allow us to move. Holding secrets can give us a breathing space, can make other things possible but the holding can also come at a great cost. The time has now come for some of the 'secrets' in terms of women's experiences of mother and baby homes and the adoption of children from Ireland to America to be told.
- PublicationThe New Punitiveness(The Irish Examiner, 2009-03-27)Examining the whole spectrum of social, economic, political and cultural relations in late modern society criminologists argue that new ways of thinking and acting about crime issues have been noticeable since the last third of the twentieth century. The ‘new punitiveness’ or the ‘culture of control’, as it is often called, is marked by a sudden and startling reversal of its forerunner ‘penal welfarism’ and with it a growing emphasis on punitive practices and fading interest in the idea of rehabilitation. Central to the new punitiveness is an increased emphasis on imprisonment as a way of dealing with wrongdoers, an intensification of the restrictive aspects of the prison or control experience, and a characterisation of the wrongdoer in increasingly negative and one-dimensional terms.
- PublicationOur justice system is failing rape and sex assault victims(Irish Independent, 2014-12-03)We are letting victims of rape and sexual assault down even more now than we were in the past. The reality is that while the reporting of sexual crime to An Garda Síochána increased by over 50% between 2008 – 2012 fewer cases are being prosecuted by the DPP than in the past.
- PublicationResponding to the Murphy Report(2009-12)As an institution the Catholic Church is an unhealthy organisation, bad for your health in its current form. It drives people who work for it to act in ways that they would not otherwise do I am convinced, and their lives and those of others are ruined in the process. Ordination to priesthood should come with a health warning for those who take this path in life, in Ireland at the very least. Increasingly I find myself standing with individuals who are casualties of the Catholic Church, and they are not only victims of clergy – they are the clergy themselves and religious sisters, and even the odd former bishop, all of whom have been crushed by the institutional practices of an Institution that is out of touch with the mission of its founder.
- PublicationRestorative Justice after Sexual Violence(Irish Examiner, 2018-04-13)The time has surely come to put innovative justice — as well as major improvements in conventional justice — on to the social and political agenda, says Dr Marie Keenan