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- PublicationThe Rights of the Child, Immigration and Article 8 in the Irish CourtsIn recent times, the Irish courts have found themselves faced with a variety of cases on Article 8 protections for migrant families. The cases mainly concern the right of non-Irish national parents to remain in Ireland with their citizen child. A common thread within many of the cases on Article 8 issues is the focus the courts have given, not on the best interests of the child, but the good behaviour or otherwise of the parent and the state's interest in immigration control. The Irish Courts have formulated disputes within migration law and families as surrounding the states near unqualified right to control the entry and exit of aliens versus the qualified and heavily circumscribed rights of non-Irish nationals to enjoy family life within the State with their citizen child. Where Article 8 has been utilised by the Irish courts, there has been a very expansive reading given to the needs of the State to ensure integrity of its immigration system. With the ever more increasing case load in relation to asylum and migration, the courts have noted the anxiousness of states in relation to immigration matters. In this respect, courts have been prepared to restrict the interpretation of certain rights as a means of appeasing state fears in relation to the immigration control and human rights protections.
- PublicationHuman Rights in Ireland 20062006 saw a significant number of changes to the criminal law in Ireland with human rights law and a changing system of criminal justice increasingly coming into conflict. These changes culminated with the appointment, during 2006, of a Criminal Law Review Group, mandated to assess whether a ‘rebalancing’ of rights was needed as between victim and accused in the Irish legal system. Much of the ‘rebalancing’ agenda had already borne fruit in legislative changes introduced throughout the year.