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We have a cunning plan

Trinity College Dublin last night launched its Strategic Plan at a reception in which the Provost presented the Minister for Education with a copy of the plan. It has played well in a piece by Sean Flynn in today’s Irish Times, under the headline “Trinity seeks 25% increase in postgraduates”, and focussing on the plan’s strong emphasis on increased research activity and aim to improve Trinity’s position in world rankings as a consequence.

It is an important development, and I welcome it wholeheartedly, but I feel the need to sound a note of caution. Read more

Blogging the Election

Today, the Digital Hub, Dublin, plays host to a conference organised by the group-blog Irish Election. A great Irish politics blog, and a sign that the campaign for the election, expected early summer next year, is already well and truly under way.

Shedding some light on Ireland’s Family Law cases

Carol Coulter, currently Legal Affairs Correspondent of the Irish Times, has been appointed by the Courts Service as a family law reporter to record and produce reports on family law proceedings for distribution to the media and the public. According to the press release, the appointment will be for a 12-month pilot in the first instance, to identify how information on the work of the Family Law Courts can be best disseminated to the Judiciary, the wider legal community, the media and the general public.

The importance of this enlightened appointment cannot be overstated. Read more

Privacy: A Concept in Search of a Bill (just not this one)

Government’s propose; oppositions oppose. It’s what they do. The government has proposed a Privacy Bill. Predictably, Fine Gael, one of the main opposition parties, has called for the Privacy Bill to be scrapped. Yesterday’s call, reported in today’s Irish Times, is not their first: when the Bill was first proposed last July, Fine Gael opposed it then too.

But although the business of opposition is to oppose, there is much to be said for Fine Gael’s position. Read more

BarCamp Ireland

Sorry I missed it. If I hadn’t been in Dublin this weekend for the conferences mentioned in the two previous posts, I would have been in Cork for yesterday’s BarCamp Ireland. It looks great on the blog. Sorry I missed it. Next time …

Media Regulation

Another day, another conference. Today, the School of Law, Trinity College Dublin hosted a conference on the government’s reform plans relating to the defamation, privacy and broadcasting. I think that it was an important contribution to a crucial debate. Personal highlights included my colleage Eoin Carolan‘s superb conceptual discussion of press freedom in this context (on his birthday, I think; and if I’m right: happy birthday, Eoin!), Dearbhail McDonald’s insights into practical journalism, and Paul Drury’s combative speech that the regulation of the press is a bad idea and won’t work anyway.

I talked about the proposed Press Council from the 2003 Report of the Legal Advisory Group on Defamation to the 2006 Bill. Read more

Legal Education Symposium

This year, summer ended and term began with the Legal Education Symposium hosted today by the School of Law, Trinity College Dublin in association with Dillon Eustace, Solicitors. I have spent all of September working on this. I blame Daithí, who – to be fair – has also spent all of September working on it too.

This was something we both felt had to happen. Read more

Blogging on the Radio

I believe it to be the case that RTE used to broadcast Irish dancing on the radio, not just the sound of music for Irish dancing, but the sound of feet dancing. It probably seemed like a good idea at the time, but in retrospect it seems a bit surreal. I was reminded of that today, listening to a programme in BBC Radio 4‘s ‘Meet the Bloggers‘ short series.

Blogging on the radio seems as surreal as dancing on the radio. Read more

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Me in a hatHi there! Thanks for dropping by. I'm Eoin O'Dell, and this is my blog: Cearta.ie - the Irish for rights.

"Cearta" really is the Irish word for rights, so the title provides a good sense of the scope of this blog.

In general, I write here about private law, free speech, and cyber law; and, in particular, I write about Irish law and education policy.

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What I'd like for here is a simple widget that takes the list of feeds from my existing RSS reader and displays it here as a blogroll. Nothing fancy. I'd love a recommendation, if you have one.

I had built a blogroll here on my Google Reader RSS subscriptions. Google Reader produced a line of html for each RSS subscription category, each of which I pasted here. So I had a list of my subscriptions as my blogroll, organised by category, which updated whenever I edited Google Reader. Easy peasy. However, with the sad and unnecessary demise of that product, so also went this blogroll. Please take a moment to mourn Google Reader. If there's an RSS reader which provides a line of html for the list of subscriptions, or for each RSS subscription category as Google Reader did, I'd happily use that. So, as I've already begged, I'd love a recommendation, if you have one.

Meanwhile, please bear with me until I find a new RSS+Blogroll solution

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Eoin.

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The image in the banner above is a detail from a photograph of the front of Trinity College Dublin night taken by Melanie May.

Others whose technical advice and help have proven invaluable in keeping this show on the road include Dermot Frost, Karlin Lillington, Daithí Mac Síthigh, and Antoin Ó Lachtnáin.

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