On Saturday, protesters gathered outside Dublin’s Dochus Women’s Prison against the brutal detention of a transgender inmate, reports The Mirror.
Shauna Kavanagh was sentenced on Friday after pleading guilty to assaulting a homeless woman at the Novus Center in Rothmines Road, Dublin, in April 2022.
The court was told there was “not one word of remorse here”.
Kavanagh has previous convictions for 15 offences including damage during an assault, assault, criminal damage and public order and has already been sentenced in March and May.
A spokeswoman for Women’s Space Ireland said Kavanagh – previously held in Limerick Women’s Prison at Douches – was in breach of UN rules.
The agency cited Principle 11 of the UN’s Mandela Regulation, which states that “men and women shall so far as possible be detained in separate institutions,” reports The Mirror.
WSI’s Jill Nesbitt told the Irish Sunday Mirror: “Putting men in women’s jails is one area which the Taoiseach would probably agree hasn’t worked well. He said he doesn’t believe violent males should be kept in women’s jails,” reports The Mirror.
Ms Nesbitt said: “Yesterday (Friday) we saw yet again that the safety and well-being of vulnerable women – homeless women and women prisoners – have been neglected in order to facilitate men who identify as women. We haven’t heard one word yet from Government about how the rights and needs of women are to be protected,” reports The Mirror.
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