UNCAT 2017

On 27th and 28th July 2017, Ireland was examined by the UN Committee against Torture (UNCAT). In early July 2017, JFMR submitted a comprehensive report (compiled by Maeve O’Rourke) to UNCAT in advance of its examination of Ireland. The report can be downloaded here (appendix is available here).

update: 11th August 2017

UNCAT issues its Concluding Observations, available here.
Please click here to download JFMR’s Press Release.

27th July 2017

Click here to download a transcript of Felice Gaer’s questions to the Irish State regarding the Magdalene Laundries. (Please note, this transcript has been compiled by JFMR and is not an official document.)

Click here for an audio recording of Ms Gaer’s questions to the Irish State on the Magdalene Laundries and the Mother and Baby Homes.

28th July 2017

On 28th July, 2017 the Irish State responded to questions from UNCAT Vice Chair Felice Gaer, and Ms Gaer in turn asked follow up questions. YouTube clips are available below.

Individual videos of Felice Gaer’s questions:

On apologies: https://youtu.be/VkvW9HRwNOk
On Civil Actions/Statute of Limitations: https://youtu.be/U7r8u8iqjDo
On Magdalene Redress/the Galway Diocesan Archives: https://youtu.be/Yiop2Zl3iq8
On the Commissions of Investigations Act: https://youtu.be/KPsw_Iljgf0

media coverage

Professor Katherine O’Donnell (UCD School of Philosophy and Justice for Magdalenes Research) on Morning Ireland, 28th July 2017. Click here to listen.

State ‘walking back’ from apology to Magdalene survivors, says UN

RTE News, 27th July 2017: