Coronavirus – What does #lockdown mean, with ICCL

Our political system is busy passing the Health Preservation & Protection and other Emergency Measures in the Public Interest Bill, as we record, but what does this mean for us all? Senior Researcher and Policy Officer at the Irish Council for Civil Liberites, Doireann Ansbro, joins us to discuss what these new powers are, whether they are appropriate, time-limited and proportionate in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic.

While ICCL fully accept the need for this legislation, Doireann outlines the concerns, shared by many Human Rights organisations, that such Bills can be (and are) used to limit freedoms way beyond the lifespan of the crisis that necessitated them in the first place.

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