Your Rights as an Irish Citizen
Organisation: Irish Association of Civil Liberty
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Commentary From The Cedar Lounge Revolution

1st April 2019

Many thanks to Peter Mooney for this document.

This document, published by the Irish Association of Civil Liberty was published in 1972. The IACL was founded in 1947 and went on to become the Irish Council for Civil Liberties.

The document in 44 pages covers areas such as The Constitution and the Rights it Confers, Freedom of Expression, Freedom of Assembly, Freedom of Association, Trade Unionism, Arrest, Political Offices, The Rights of the Householder, The Prohibition of Forcible Entry and Occupation Act, 1971, The Mental Treatment Acts, Contempt of Court, Arrest for Debt, Extradition, Aliens and Legal Aid.

The Introduction notes that:

The purpose of this booklet is to provide the public with a. Guide to the rights of the citizen in our community. It is concerned only with the rights of citizens against the State and public authorities – and not with the rights of citizens as between themselves – for example as between employers and employees, or landlords and tenants. Although written by lawyers, it does not purport to be a legal text book or a substitute for the professional advice which should be taken in all cases of difficulty.


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  • By: John Goodwillie Mon, 01 Apr 2019 10:26:57

    My understanding at the time was that the Irish Council for Civil Liberties was founded as an alternative to the Irish Association of Civil Liberty, which was very deferential and not very active.

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  • By: WorldbyStorm Mon, 01 Apr 2019 10:59:22

    In reply to John Goodwillie.

    Thanks a million – I couldn’t find texts on this – it’s all very vague but that makes perfect sense

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  • By: Daniel Rayner O'Connor Mon, 01 Apr 2019 13:56:50

    In reply to WorldbyStorm.

    Don’t forget the Irish Civil Liberties League of the same period. We were the foot soldiers for the cause, including causes neither profitable nor popular.

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