the Irish for rights


Dr Johnson defined gallimaufry as 1. A hoch-poch ... 2. Any inconsistent or ridiculous medley. ... Here's another hoch-poch, or hotch-potch (though, of course, not a hotchpot) of links Continue Reading

A judicial perspective on mobile phones

By rmay (also here) on Toonpool: Image: Defendant standing in front of a judge. Caption: Judge: "... plus thirty days for not turning off your damn cell phone". Bonus link: Roy Continue Reading

Technology, students and universities

There are some - related - articles in today's Irish Independent on themes which have featured on this blog. A report published yesterday by the Higher Education Authority (HEA) shows that the number Continue Reading

Phones in the theatre

On the sin of mobile or cell phones ringing in class, here's a YouTube clip of Hugh Jackman stopping a performance because a phone is going off (and remains unanswered and unsilenced for quite a long Continue Reading

The sins of academics and students

The current edition of Times Higher Education (I can't get used to this odd title, I keep wanting to add "Supplement"; but it was dropped some time ago, so I must resist the temptation) has articles Continue Reading

Mobile phones, again

Given my views about mobile phones in class, I'm grateful to John Naughton for his post about this YouTube clip: 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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This blog is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License. I am happy for you to reuse and adapt my content, provided that you attribute it to me, and do not use it commercially. Thanks. Eoin

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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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