What’s On This Week | 12-18 July

A new research project recently brought together 24 legal academics to rewrite the Executive Summary of the Mother and Baby Homes Commission of Investigation Report. The purpose of the project was to explore whether the Commission could have come to different findings using the evidence available to it, while remaining within the applicable law. The project authors conclude that the Commission had sufficient evidence before it to find multiples abuses of key human rights provision.

On Wednesday Technological University Dublin hosts Rights and the Mother and Baby Homes Report: Reaching Different Findings. At the seminar, speakers will share a draft version of the rewritten Executive Summary and explain their methodology. As the event has proven popular, capacity has increased to 300. Anyone interested is requested to contact the organisers to join the waiting list.

An Rabhartha Glas – Green Left is running Can co-operatives save Irish farming? on Thursday at 8pm. The discussion will look at how co-operatives can democratise Irish farming and save it from biodiversity collapse, falling farm incomes, rural decline, and climate change. Speakers will include Patrick Doyle (author of Civilising rural Ireland: the co-operative movement, development and the nation state 1889-1939), Evonne Boland (Open Food Network), Gerry Loftus (Rural Ireland Organisation), and Bridget Murphy (Talamh Beo).

And staying on the same theme, People Before Profit has an Ecosocialist workshop on Sunday. In the first session, Alienation from nature, Louise Taylor and Jess Spear will look at how the system separates us from nature and how this relates to alienation from our labour and ourselves. Then in the second session, Strategies for Ecosocialism, Diana O’Dwyer and John Molyneux will ask about the best ways to try brining about system change.