Love/Hate actor Peter Coonan (centre) said he hadn’t “walked the streets” since Sunday’s show and was interested to see how the public would react.  Photograph: Patrick Redmond/RTÉ

Love/Hate actor Peter Coonan has said filming the sexual assault of his character Fran for Sunday’s season five finale was a very tough experience. Sp(...)

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs James Reilly and Dublin Rape Crisis Centre chief executive Ellen O’Malley Dunlop at the launch of the DRCC’s 2013 annual report. Photograph: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland

Increasing levels of violence are accompanying rape, the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre has said, and “particularly concerning” was the way social media i(...)

Minister for Children James Reilly. File photograph: Frank Miller / The Irish Times

Minister for Children James Reilly has said the Government is “reflecting” on whether abortion legislation needs to be amended less than a year after (...)

Fiona Tiernan  founded the Plurabelle Paddlers, Ireland’s first dragon boat team for breast cancer survivors.

Fiona Tiernan, who has died aged 51, was a quietly influential and inspiring advocate for those experiencing discrimination and marginalisation, an(...)

Anthony Lyons arriving at the Four Courts for the judgment in the Court of Criminal Appeal taken by the DPP against the leniency of his sentence for sexual assault. Photograph: Collins Courts

The appeals process in the Anthony Lyons case has brought “severe stress and heartache” the family of the sexual assault victim , said in a statement (...)

Attendees at a rally outside the Dáil Eireann in June 2006. Photograph: Julien Behal/PA

For a brief period, early in the summer of 2006, the country was convulsed by a Supreme Court decision which found the law on statutory rape be(...)

Caroline Counihan of the Rape Crisis Network of Ireland.

The classification of prostitution as gender based violence is fundamental to achieving an effective response to sexual violence, an Oireachtas(...)

Thomas Egan, who was sentenced to seven and a half years in prison  by a jury at the Central Criminal Court. The CEO of the Rape Crisis Centre has called for increased training for sexual violence cases in the judicial system. Photograph: Collins Courts.

A spokesman for the courts service said yeserday that judges did undergo training in relation to rape cases . He was responding to concerns rai(...)

Christy Moore has written about the exiled Irishness he felt part of when he went to London in the 1960s, and to which the lyrics of Shane McGo(...)

Are young people really sending each other naked pictures? Is pornography moulding their ideas of sex? What pressures face young people, and how ca(...)