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Policing protest and civil liberties in Ireland: Dr Johnny Connolly

Through extensive research, a team of five students investigated the principles and concepts underlying the right to protest and the exercise of this right in Ireland. The study involved an examination of the historical background to public protest in Ireland and an investigation of international best practice in policing in this area. Using case studies from the policing of protests in Jobstown, Tallaght in Dublin and the Corrib gas field in north Mayo, they examined whether the policing of protest in practice in Ireland complies with international human rights standards and approaches. They developed recommendations that have responded not only to the current limitations of policing in this area, but the study also moved beyond the case studies to consider the future nature of online protest and the challenges this will create in policing terms. This is an important and original piece of work in an area of great significance, with international responses to the policing of protest and human rights compliance a key issue for the International Network of Civil Liberties Organisations (INCLO), of which the Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) is a member. The ICCL will now take this report through a final editing process prior to a joint publication with the School of Law as part of the UL Engage initiative. Consequently, the report will represent an important contribution to a key issue of national and international concern.