Sir John Gillen recommended the continuance of the practice in Northern Ireland to identify those who are accused of rape, once they have been charged. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA

A report on the treatment of rape and other sexual offences that will address similar topics to that of the Gillen Review in Northern Ireland is to be(...)

The scrapping of the poor box system and its replacement with a more transparent auditing system with monies to go to victims of crime was recommended almost 20 years ago. File photograph: Dave Meehan

Almost €1.74 million was paid out from the court poor box to various charities in 2018, according to figures released by the Courts Service. The sum (...)

The Bill provides for new offences dealing with non-consensual distribution of intimate images with intent to cause harm or distress, more commonly known as “revenge pornography”.  Photograph: Getty Images

A victim of revenge porn is calling for perpetrators to be put on an offenders list. The woman, known as Jane, told RTÉ radio’s Today with Sean O’Rou(...)

‘In my view there is not a proportionate relationship between the claims made and the constant hiking of insurance costs which are threatening livelihoods at this stage,’  Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan told the Seanad on Thursday. File photograph: James Forde

Insurance companies could reduce the cost of premiums and still make significant profits, the Seanad has been told. Minister for Justice Charlie Flan(...)

Celine Cawley, who was killed by her husband Eamonn Lillis. Photograph: Eric Luke

A proposed new law to block killers from inheriting assets from the estate of their victim “goes too far in stripping them of property and risks being(...)

It is 24 years since the Law Reform Commission first proposed the establishment of a Family Court division within our court system, and the proposal has been repeated since by judges, lawyers and all those at the coal-face of the family law system. File photograph: Dave Meehan

Ireland is one of the only developed countries that does not have a specialist court dealing with family matters, including authorising the State to r(...)

Mother and Baby Homes Commission of Investigation chairperson  Judge Yvonne Murphy. Photograph: Eric Luke

The Mother and Baby Homes Commission of Investigation is to seek an extension of one year before publishing its final report, which was due next mont(...)

The hulk of the ‘Betelgeuse’ lies at the oil Jetty at Whiddy Island in Co Cork on January 9th, 1979. File photograph: Pat Langan/The Irish Times

Successive Irish governments have been accused by the son of a victim of the Whiddy Island disaster of treating Irish workers as second-class citizens(...)

Almost a quarter of the €27 million paid out by the Criminal Injuries Compensation Tribunal since 2013 was split between just five individuals. The t(...)

Brother of the late Anthony O’Mahony, Seamus (centre) leaves the Central Criminal Court   after Michael Ferris was sentenced to five years for the killing of Anthony O’Mahony (73) in  Co Kerry. Photo: Laura Hutton/Collins.

Provocation, a defence which judges have repeatedly said requires significant reform, is used in a quarter of all murder trials. Ireland is unique am(...)

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