Civil liberties group welcomes 'ambitious and positive' government deal

The Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) has welcomed "ambitious and positive" commitments in the draft Programme for Government agreed by Fine Gael, Fianna Fáil and the Green Party.

Published 17 June 2020

Criminal penalties underpinning restrictions on movement removed

Criminal penalties for breaking restrictions on movement introduced to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic have been scrapped.

Published 9 June 2020

Data protection experts publish framework for contact tracing apps

Data protection experts have published a "principled framework" for the development of a contact tracing app to help stop the spread of COVID-19 in Ireland.

Published 3 June 2020

ICCL: Gardaí should lose coronavirus policing powers in June

Gardaí should lose the power to arrest people for failing to comply with public health guidelines in less than two weeks, the Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) has said.

Published 28 May 2020

Use of armed gardaí in coronavirus response branded 'inappropriate'

The Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) has written to the Garda Commissioner over the "wholly inappropriate" involvement of armed gardaí in the response to coronavirus.

Published 28 April 2020

Ethan Shattock: COVID-19 highlights why disinformation online is a rights-based issue

Researcher Ethan Shattock argues that disinformation is a human rights issue and a human rights approach is needed in potential regulatory responses.

Published 1 April 2020

Civil liberties group to 'monitor' exercise of new coronavirus powers

The Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) has said it will closely monitor the Government's use of new emergency powers introduced to tackle the coronavirus pandemic.

Published 25 March 2020

Emergency coronavirus law 'should be time-limited' to protect human rights

The Irish Government's emergency coronavirus bill should be time-limited or include a "sunset clause", the Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) has said.

Published 19 March 2020

Civil liberties group to recognise films championing of human rights

The Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) has announced it will award the ICCL Human Rights in Film Award and the inaugural ICCL Lifetime Contribution Award at a ceremony in Dublin next month.

Published 19 February 2020

Four political parties commit to ICCL's human rights asks

Four of Ireland's main political parties have committed to all eight election demands issued by the Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL).

Published 5 February 2020

Civil liberties group launches 2020 election manifesto

The Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) has challenged candidates in the upcoming general election to commit to eight "human rights advances".

Published 14 January 2020

Department lodges formal appeal against Public Services Card enforcement notice

The Department of Social Protection has formally appealed against the enforcement measures launched by the Data Protection Commission over the Public Services Card (PSC) scheme.

Published 7 January 2020

Use of facial recognition cameras at new children's hospital hospital 'likely unlawful'

The prospective use of CCTV cameras with facial recognition technology at the new children's hospital in Dublin is "likely unlawful", the Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) has said.

Published 10 December 2019

Civil liberties group hits out at 'illegal' use of PSC in childcare scheme

The requirement to hold a Public Services Card (PSC) in order to apply for the National Childcare Scheme is illegal, highly discriminatory and will violate the privacy rights of people living in poverty, the Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) has warned.

Published 20 November 2019

New legislation required to prevent repeat of Dara Quigley case, Oireachtas hears

New legislation is required to ensure that the case of journalist Dara Quigley, who took her life after CCTV footage of her without clothing was shared online, is never repeated, an Oireachtas committee has heard.

Published 23 October 2019