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 (...)

Tom O’Malley: legislating for abortion in rape cases “legally complex and therefore open to legal challenge”. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Oireachtas committee examining the Eighth Amendment has been advised that if a woman is granted an abortion because of an alleged rape, this may h(...)

The UN Committee against Torture was concerned the State’s commission of investigation into mother and baby homes “did not allow it to investigate all institutions in the country at which abuses including forced and illegal adoptions may have occurred”. File photograph: Getty Images

The UN Committee against Torture has called on the Government to carry out an independent investigation into allegations of ill-treatment at all mothe(...)

Minister for Children  Katherine Zappone with Noeline Blackwell, chief executive of the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre, and  Ann Marie Gill, chairperson. Photograph: Eric Luke

The slow roll-out of specialist Garda units to investigate sexual crimes is among the matters the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre wants a United Nations Com(...)

Stranger danger:  virtual dating bypasses the opportunity a first date used to provide for two people to meet and assess each other in a safe environment. Photograph: D3sign/Moment/Getty

“A special word of warning to anyone using social-media sites: we urge you to please be cautious and be aware. Sonia made an error of judgment and pai(...)

Kathleen O’Toole,  the chief of police in Seattle,  is to chair the 12-person commission which will conduct a root-and-branch review of An Garda Síochána.  Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

An independent root-and-branch review of An Garda Síochána will not issue a final report for 16 months but may provide a series of rolling recommendat(...)

Garda Commissioner Noirin O Sullivan.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The Government has agreed the scope of the root and branch review into An Garda Síochána and the panel which will oversee it. It was also agreed that(...)

Olivia Walker has been a volunteer with the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre  for five years. Working with victims of sexual violence appealed to her as  a useful and important service. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Rape victims’ experience of the criminal justice system can be “horrific”, according to victim accompaniment volunteer Olivia Walker. From making a (...)

A home in Tor na Rí, Balgaddy, Lucan in 2011 showing damp and cracks. Mary Cooney who has lived in Balgaddy for eight years said nothing had improved since she spoke to The Irish Times in 2011. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Residents from 20 local authority estates in Dublin, Cork and Limerick, who say poor housing conditions breach their human rights, have urged the Gove(...)