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Senator Ronan Mullen took issue with the UNHRC and Sir Nigel Rodley in a meeting of the Justice, Defence and Equality Committee earlier as he addressed the newly appointed chief of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission Emily Logan.

“I was extremely unhappy with the behaviour of the UN Human Rights Commission recently and the comments of Sir Nigel Rodley, particularly in relation to Ireland’s abortion laws.

UN agencies are radically in danger of overstepping their remit. Certain international human rights bodies seem to be off of a frolic of their own in a way that they do not respect our Constitutional understanding of what authentic human rights are.

I would ask that your Commission would respect first of all, the diversity of different points of view of people of goodwill in our society on various issues.”

Ms Logan replied:

“It was not only embarrassing but it was shocking as an Irish citizen not just as Chief Commissioner to hear about our demonstrable history and the way we have treated women and children.”

As the committee chair David Stanton informed the Senator his time was up, Senator Mullen accused the chair of a “culture of censorship“, the chair reminded him of a “culture of good manners“.

Senator Mullen called Deputy Pádraig Mac Lochlainn a “Yes man” when his attendance record was questioned.

Good times.

Previously: What The Man From The UN Said



Sir Nigel Rodley, UN Human Rights Committee chairman and, right, Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald in Geneva last Tuesday.

Youu may recall how 16 civil society organisations from Ireland gave brief speeches to the UN Human Rights Committee last week, as part of the committee’s monitoring of states’ compliance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (which Ireland signed in October 1973 and ratified in December 1989). The committee also questioned Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald and certain civil servants.

The UN committee will officially respond to these discussions on Thursday.

And, following chairman  Sir Nigel Rodley’s saying how the very idea of symphysiotomy kept him awake at night during his damning closing remarks, it’s expected that Ireland won’t be getting much positive feedback.

The civil groups will respond to the UN committee’s findings on Thursday at 2pm in the Radisson Blu Hotel, Golden Lane, Dublin 8.

Previously: What Ties Them Together