The Sean MacDermott Street Magdalene Laundry as a Sustainable Heritage Management project

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By Olga Kwasnicka, MA student in Sustainable Heritage Management, Aarhus University, 2019-2021 Every year, over the course of a semester, Sustainable Heritage Management students at Aarhus University in Denmark complete a module on Heritage Project Management which focuses on working with “real world” heritage issues. One group in 2019 worked to develop a project proposal […]

Please contribute your views to our online consultation by 22 January 2021

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During the Autumn and Winter of 2020, the CoLab architects hosted several online consultations on Zoom, inviting survivors and all those affected by institutional, adoption and other ‘care’-related abuses to contribute their feedback, comments, suggestions and thoughts about CoLab’s suggested architectural designs for the former Magdalene Laundry site on Sean McDermott Street. These architects’ suggested […]

Symposium with Queen’s University Belfast MArch Studio 5

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On Friday the 12th of June 2020, Queens University Belfast MArch 1 students presented this semester’s architectural design proposals for the future of the Seán McDermott Street site back to several members of the Open Heart City Collective: Associate Professor Katherine O’Donnell, Professor Hugh Campbell, Dr Maeve’ O’Rourke and Professor Gary Boyd. Guest reviewers included Dr Sarah A Lappin, Head of Architecture at […]

NUIG LLM Students Create Website to Help Industrial and Reformatory School Survivors Access their Personal Records

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Students in the Human Rights Law Clinic at the Irish Centre for Human Rights, NUI Galway have created a website to help former residents of Ireland’s industrial schools and reformatories to use the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) to access their personal records that are now held by various state and charitable agencies.  The website,, contains two […]

General Election 2020 Commitments

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The 2020 Irish general election took place on Saturday 8 February, to elect the 33rd Dáil Éireann, the lower house of Ireland’s parliament. LLM researchers in the International Human Rights Law Clinic at the Irish Centre for Human Rights, NUI Galway emailed all the elected candidates to ask if they would support the establishment of a […]

Submission to the UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion of truth, justice, reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence

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Written by Dr Maeve O’Rourke, Lecturer in Human Rights, Irish Centre for Human Rights, NUI Galway 30 April 2020 In January 2020, I made a written submission to the UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion of truth, justice, reparations and guarantees of non-recurrence on Ireland’s experience of memorialisation, Mr Fabian Salvioli. The Special Rapporteur had issued […]