Gareth Peirce

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Louise O’Keeffe who was abused by schoolteacher in the 1970s has spent 15 years trying to get justice for herself and other victims of school abuse. Photograph: Garrett White/Collins Court

Cork woman, Louise O’Keeffe is to be honoured for her work campaigning for justice for victims of child sexual abuse in Irish schools when she receive(...)

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange gestures from  a prison van  in London. A UN rights expert says  were he to be extradited to the US  Mr Assange “would be exposed to a politicised show trial and grave violations of his human rights”. Photograph:  Getty Images

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has suffered psychological torture from a defamation campaign, and should not be extradited to the US where he would (...)

Julian Assange photographed in April after being removed from the Ecuadorian embassy in London. Photograph: Victoria Jones/PA Wire

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was too ill on Thursday to appear via video link from a British prison in a hearing on an extradition request from th(...)

Ken Fleming has worked to improve conditions for migrant fishermen. Photograph: iStock

A Dublin trade unionist has been honoured for his campaigning work against the exploitation of seafarers and migrant fishermen in Ireland and Britain (...)

Dave Hopper campaigned for justice for miners after the closure of the pits in the Durham and Northumberland coalfields. Photograph: Ian Forsyth/Getty Images.

A British trade union leader who campaigned for justice for miners after the closure of the pits in the Durham and Northumberland coalfields has been (...)

Michael Kingston (r) is working with the International Chamber of Shipping on a Humanitarian Assistance Zone in the Mediterranean.

I write as a lawyer that works on international regulatory issues and human rights to give some clarity about two of the key issues central to the deb(...)

President Michael D Higgins presented Nobel Prize-winning writer Mario Vargas Llosa with a Presidential Distinguished Service Award at a special ceremony  at Áras an Uachtaráin last night. Photograph: Dave Meehan

British solicitor and human rights activist Gareth Peirce is among 10 people who have received the Presidential Distinguished Service Award. Ms Pei(...)

Dr Mary McAleese: “Unquestioning deference can silence victims.” Photograph: Shane O’Neill/ Fennell Photography 2015

Former president Mary McAleese has said the Irish Innocence Project is an essential support to those failed by the criminal justice system. “It(...)

Dodgy forensic science was used to convict the Birmingham Six, pictured in 1991 outside the Old Bailey in London after their convictions were quashed with then MP Chris Mullin. Photograph: Joe St Leger

“There is no question there are wrongful convictions all over the world. There’s no country that is free from wrongful convictions and no country that(...)

Anne Driscoll,  Fulbright scholar with the Innocence project (left),  with journalism student and volunteer caseworker Therese Ekevid, at   Griffith College. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The Irish Innocence Project is based in Griffith College in Dublin. Formerly the Richmond Bridewell Prison, a man named Joseph Pool was convicted of m(...)

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