the Irish for rights

Great news: criminal libel case in France against Joe Weiler is dismissed

Journal Editor Wins Libel Case Over Negative Book Review March 3, 2011, 1:49 pm A journal editor who was sued in France for criminal libel because of a negative book review has won his case, Continue Reading

Blasphemy from ancient Greece to modern Ireland

Earlier this week, I had the great good fortune to attend an enjoyable lecture presented by the, Long Room Hub, Trinity College Dublin. It was Blasphemy: Historical anachronism or modern Continue Reading

Birthday Times

The above image is the front page of the first ever Times newspaper, first published as the Universal Daily Register on 1 January 1785. From today's Times Online: The Times Continue Reading

The last Irish case on criminal libel

The last Irish case on criminal libel

Yesterday's Irish Times reminds me of an interesting High Court judgment handed down early in the Summer. It's called Dennehy v Independent Star Ltd trading as The Irish Daily Star Newspaper IEHC Continue Reading

FoE in the EHRLR

The current issue of the European Human Rights Law Review ( 3 EHRLR | table of contents (pdf) | hat tip ECHR blog) contains a wonderful piece by my colleague Dr Ewa Komorek entitled "Is Media Continue Reading

Blasphemy provisions clash with Constitution

In today's Irish Times, a piece by yours truly under the above headline: Blasphemy provisions clash with Constitution The President has very few unconstrained powers, and the Council of State Continue Reading

Is Lady Chatterley’s Lover obscene?

No, at least so far as the law is concerned. But after its initial publication in 1928, it was not until the 1960s that litigation in the US and the UK allowed it to become generally available. An Continue Reading

Another twist in the tale of the Defamation Bill

The saga of the Defamation Bill, 2006 is not over yet. Article 26 of Bunreacht na hÉireann (the Irish Constitution) allows the President, after consultation with Council of State, to refer a Bill to Continue Reading


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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