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- Publication20|20 Centenary: How the compromise of the ‘Partition Act’ created a long legacy for Ireland, north and south(Irish Independent, 2020-12-12)Legal and historical analysis of the Government of Ireland Act 1920.
- PublicationThe abolition of direct provision cannot come quickly enough(The Irish Times, 2020-06-09)Announcement that the system is to be dismantled should be treated with scepticism. Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan announced at the weekend that Government policy is now to move towards the abolition of the system of direct provision. Taken at face value it is the most significant step in that direction in 20 years but should be treated with scepticism. One could be forgiven for believing that this was just another pretence of Government concern to quell growing societal objections to direct provision.
- PublicationAddressing uncertainty to make infrastructure safer(Open Access Government, 2019-01-07)Some infrastructure is experiencing a fast rate of deterioration as a result of poor design/ construction/ maintenance or more demanding loads than anticipated, and many buildings, transport, and energy infrastructure are getting close to the ends of their design lives. There is a need for assessing the safety of these structures, i.e., to check that the probability of the structural response falling beyond an established threshold for a given period of time is acceptable. This calculation involves defining a number of input variables that include loading as well as structural properties such as moduli of elasticity, material strength, geometry, boundary conditions, etc.
- 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.
- PublicationAn Art, not a Science(Think Publishing, 2016-05)Company directors are faced with many dilemmas, which mean making difficult or awkward decisions, often on subjective issues. A dilemma has been defined as a "choice between two (or, loosely, more) alternatives either of which is (or appears) equally unfavourable”. Shades of Grey: Directors’ Dilemmas published by ICAS builds on the work of ICAS’ Ethics Committee in Shades of Grey: Ethical Dilemmas, which dealt with ethical dilemmas facing professional accountants.
- PublicationThe assessment and treatment of juvenile sex offenders in IrelandChild sexual abuse (CSA) is a widespread national problem. Evidence indicates that in between one-quarter to one-third of all cases the perpetrator is a juvenile sex offender. In the Republic of Ireland there are only 4 juvenile sex offender treatment programmes staffed by interagency, multidisciplinary teams. These teams have developed rigorous assessment and treatment procedures. The programmes take account of the multifactorial causation of juvenile sexual offending and the need to involve families and a variety of agencies in helping these youngsters develop more productive lives and avoid recidivism. There is a need to develop and evaluate similar programmes in each region of the country.
- PublicationBarroso's 'Six-Pack' Revolution. Setting Maximum National Wage Increase Benchmarks for the EU's Member States(European Institute for Construction Labour Research, 2013-01)Until recently, European elites firmly rejected the need for any coordination in the field of wage bargaining, because the market would automatically lead to the desired (downward) convergence of wages across Europe. In 2011, however, Commission President Barroso announced 'a silent revolution' (EUobserver, 16.03.2011) that led to the adoption of the 'six-pack' on European economic governance by the European Parliament and the Council. As a result, the Commission not only obtained effective tools in order to control member states' budgets and economic policies, but also the right to issue enforceable maximum national labour cost increase benchmarks.
- PublicationBritain must live up to obligations on rights in NorthIrish Government must ensure any future British Bill of rights and responsibilities must, at least for North, reflect minimum rights protections under European Human Rights Convention
- PublicationCharcoal production at Glendalough, Co. WicklowA large number of small-medium sized earthen platforms are present on the steep slopes surrounding the Upper Lake at Glendalough. These have been known about since the nineteenth century, and surveys in the late Twentieth century identified about 100 in total. Charcoal was frequently observed where these were disturbed.
- PublicationChristine Padesky pushes the boundaries of Cognitive therapy in Dublin(The Psychological Society of Ireland, 2001)Despite floods and strikes of all sorts, a few hundred of us gathered in the Swift Centre at St. Patrick’s Hospital in James’s Street on December 7th and 8th to attend a ground breaking workshop presented by Dr. Christine Padesky, Director of the Centre for Cognitive Therapy in California and leading international expert in the field. The first day of the workshop dealt with basic skills in cognitive therapy and on the second day the focus was on a new protocol for working with clients with recurrent problems.
- PublicationDay Report leaves no room for excuses on direct provision(Irish Examiner, 2020-10-21)The system of direct provision in Ireland has been in existence for twenty years, providing those seeking protection communal accommodation, meals, or less often cooking facilities, and a small weekly payment of €38.80 per adult per week. Generally no access to other social welfare supports, education provided as right to children, and health needs met through the medical card system. Only since 2018 has there been a limited right to work for persons in the protection system. There are over 7,000 people in direct provision accommodation centres or in emergency hotel accommodation awaiting a determination as to whether they qualify for protection in Ireland. Direct provision, first proposed in 1998, was to be for a maximum period of six months, whereby claims for protection made by those seeking protection in Ireland would be decided upon. Yet, the system was never for just six months, more often than not, at least until 2017, many would be more likely to spend six years in direct provision. Unlike previous Government sponsored reform initiatives on this system the Day Report is clear: direct provision must end.
- PublicationDirect Provision, Just like in the past, the Irish solution is to hide away the problem(Irish Independent, 2019-12-01)Analysis piece for the Sunday Independent, 01 December 2019, on the system of direct provision. Engaging with the Exploring Direct Provision project.
- PublicationThe effects of miniaturization and processing on microinjection moldingsProduct miniaturization and high shear/cooling rates during microinjection molding increase the volume of the highly oriented skin layer, thereby modifying the mechanical properties of the fabricated product.
- PublicationExcavations at the Upper Lake, Glendalough, Co. Wicklow 2010-2012
- PublicationFathers in family therapy: Lessons from research(Family Therapy Association of Ireland, 1998)Treatment outcome research has shown that for 2/3 to 3/4 of cases family therapy is an effective intervention f or child focused problems (Shadish et al, 1993; Pinsof & Wynne, 1995; Carr, 1997). One factor that has consistently been shown to enhance the effectiveness of family therapy is father involvement. Where fathers do not attend at least some therapy sessions , it is more likely that the family will drop out of treatment or that therapy will not lead to problem resolution (Gurman & Kniskern, 1978; Frielander et al, 1994; Bischoff & Sprenkle, 1993). An important question arising from this finding is how best t o engage fathers in family therapy and how to create opportunities within therapy for fathers to contribute to resolving presenting problems (Berg & Rosenblum, 1977; Hecker, 1991). In this paper the implications for clinical practice of research on the rol e of fathers in families and family therapy will be explored.
- 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.
- PublicationGeophysical Survey at Glendalough Monastic Site, Co. WicklowThe UCD School of Archaeology in collaboration with archaeological geophysical consultant Ian Elliott carried out geophysical survey at the Glendalough ‘Monastic City’ in August 2011 and August 2012. This has allowed us to identify previously unknown archaeological features beneath the ground surface. Remarkably, this is the first geophysical survey at Glendalough, and the results make a substantial contribution to our understanding of the site and will inform future research and the management of this iconic landscape.
- PublicationHandmaids of transnational democracy? EU politicization and citizens’ initiatives by trade unionsThe politicisation of Europe is not a one-way street where transnational pressures can only trigger nationalist counter-reactions. While the odds are indeed stacked against transnational democratic mobilizations, there is scope for (successful) action. In our recent article, we look at the role of trade unions in using transnational direct democracy to politicise European integration. To this end, we compare two trade union-coordinated European Citizens’ Initiatives (ECI), on the Right to Water and on Fair Transport. Whereas the former was a success, the latter was not. To explain the difference in outcomes we point to both actor-centred and structural factors.
- PublicationHolding Ireland to Account for Violations of Economic, Social and Cultural RightsIn 1989, Ireland agreed to be bound by the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR). The right to work, just conditions of employment, the right to social security and social assistance, protection of children and families, the right to health, housing, food and water, and the right to respect for and protection of culture, encompass the core rights protected under the Covenant.
- PublicationHow to make your library more accessible to all users(Library Association of Ireland. Health Sciences Libraries Group, 2009-07)