Minister for Justice  Frances Fitzgerald: much vaunted Burglary of Dwellings Bill.  Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

From November 16th, victims of crime will for the first time have legally enforceable rights. State agencies such as the Office of the Director of Pub(...)

Joan Deane of Advocates for Victims of Homicide (AdVic) said there was ‘clearly a need to provide counselling services to anyone who has been affected by a traumatic crime’. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Victims of traumatic crime should be given free counselling, support groups have said. The call came in advance of the launch of the Victims Rights Al(...)