Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding: acquitted of rape

Irish rugby has to deal with “disrespectful and derogatory” behaviour of role models if it wants to be seen as embodying the best spirit of Ireland, a(...)

 Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan: has committed to reviewing all aspects of sexual assault cases in the wake of the Belfast rape trial. Photograph: Alan Betson

The Government will commission a new report into the prevalence of sexual abuse and violence against women, which was last conducted 15 years ago. An(...)

The Gloaming Live at the National Concert Hall in March 2018. Photograph: York Tillyer

The Late Late Show Friday, RTÉ One, 9.35pm Rock star and charity campaigner Bob Geldof leads the names joining Ryan Tubridy on Good Friday’s Late La(...)

Protest rallies were carried out across Ireland on Thursday after the #IBelieveHer hashtag trended on Twitter in support of the woman at the centre of the Belfast rape trial. Photgraph: Pacemaker Press

Rape is an exceptional crime. Yet it continues, at most stages in our criminal justice system, to be treated like any other crime. Despite the traum(...)

Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding (right) who were both found not guilty of the rape of 19-year-old student.

“After 41 days, 30 witnesses, two snow storms, one Six Nations and three hours and 40 minutes of deliberations, the accused were acquitted on all coun(...)

Cleared of rape: Paddy Jackson, whose fame guaranteed huge attention for the trial. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

If the Belfast rape trial had taken place south of the Border it could not have received nearly as much publicity. In the UK the media are allowed to (...)

By insisting that rape and sexual assault be dealt with in much the same way as a car robbery, the criminal justice system fails to recognise the singular sensitivities involved in cases such as these.  Photograph: Frank Miller

A criminal justice system that deters victims from reporting crime is failing at the most fundamental level. Yet the rape trial that concluded in Belf(...)

“The reduction in sentence makes a very significant difference in the maturity of a young child and their ability to deal with the challenges of the release of their father from prison.” File photograph: Getty Images

Victim’s letter: Dear Justice Edwards, Justice Birmingham and Justice Mahon Your judgment in February to reduce the sentence by 2 years for marital (...)

Fianna Fáil health spokesman Billy Kelleher: If as a society we are sincere about our compassion for women we need to be sincere in respecting and trusting the decisions women make. This is why I believe we should repeal the Eighth Amendment. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Abortion is a very uncomfortable subject for anyone to discuss in great detail and there is no unanimous position on it. Some say abortion is a human(...)

The case of the 12-year-old has been notified to the Child and Family Agency, Tusla. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

The circumstances that led to an 12-year-old girl getting an abortion in Britain in the past year are being investigated by the gardaí. It is underst(...)

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