Irish Council for Civil Liberties

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Irish Council for Civil Liberties
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HeadquartersDublin, Ireland
Dr Muiris O'Ceidigh

The Irish Council for Civil Liberties (Irish: An Chomhairle um Chearta Daonna) is an Irish non-profit organisation dedicated to supporting the civil liberties and human rights of people in Ireland.


Founded in 1976 by future President Mary Robinson, Kader Asmal and others. Their primary role is in campaigning for civil rights as well as networking with other civil rights groups both nationally and internationally. During the divorce campaign of the 1980s and 1990s, the ICCL campaigned to support the legalisation of divorce which had previously been prohibited in the Constitution. In 1995 this was successfully passed.

The ICCL are a member organisation of the International Federation of Human Rights (FIDH).

In October 2011, the ICCL said the information provided to voters in advance of polling in two constitutional referendums on the Twenty-ninth Amendment and Thirtieth Amendment was "tardy and inadequate".[1] and advocated a 'no' vote on the proposed Thirtieth Amendment.[2]

The Thirtieth Amendment was subsequently rejected by 116,000 votes.[3]

In January 2020, the ICCL criticised management at CBS Kilkenny for attempting to implement facial recognition technology to record and process the biometric data of children and staff in the school. The implementation was postponed as a result.[4]

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  1. ^ Edwards, Elaine."Referendum information 'inadequate' - ICCL", The Irish Times. 27 October 2011.
  2. ^ "Legal groups join call for no vote in referendum". 2011-10-21. Retrieved 28 October 2011.
  3. ^ "Citizens 1, Government 1". 2011-10-31. pp. Opinion & Analysis. Retrieved 31 October 2011.
  4. ^ "School puts plans for facial recognition pilot on hold over GDPR". Business Post. Retrieved 2020-01-21.

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