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Maeve Lewis Executive Director of One In Four:   ’no one wants the alleged offender to be denied a fair trial but it (criminal justice system) is stacked against the victim.’  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

The criminal justice system has been criticised for “retriggering” the trauma of child sex abuse suffered by survivors who pursue actions in the co(...)

Riot police guard the entrance of Gezi Park as protesters shout slogans in central Istanbul earlier this year. Photograph: Osman Orsal/Reuters

An Amnesty International report to be released today has found that Turkish authorities reacted in a “brutal and unequivocal” manner to peaceful prote(...)

Amnesty International criticised the Government for failing to use its presidency of the EU to help end female genital mutilation. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

Amnesty International has praised Ireland’s human rights record during it presidency of the Council of the European Union, but criticised its failure (...)

 Late poet Seamus Heaney, above, has been described by  Minister for Arts Jimmy Deenihan as a “very humble, modest man” who was “very accessible”.

President Michael D Higgins has led tributes to his friend and fellow poet Seamus Heaney who died this morning. The pair have been friends for decades(...)

 Fr Iggy O Donovan:  “What I most detest in ecclesiastical life are those career-orientated clerics who denounce colleagues.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Augustinian priest Fr Iggy O’Donovan is taking time out. His term as prior in Drogheda has just come to an end and he had already told his superiors h(...)

Fr Seán Fortune leaving the Circuit Court in Wexford in 1999. He faced 29 charges of sex abuse against young boys, perpetrated in the parochial house in Poulfour, Co Wexford. Photograph: Eric Luke

A man who was abused as a child in Ferns diocese by the late Fr Seán Fortune has expressed his shock at discovering that the parochial house in Poulfo(...)

Broadcaster and finance journalist Margaret E Ward rejects the “wisdom” that radio and television audiences preferred male voices. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Motions calling for more women in the media and politics, for the banks to be made small and boring and for a reassertion of the original republican d(...)

The Global Entrepreneurship Monitor report, published yesterday by Minister for Enterprise Richard Bruton, found a majority of Irish entrepreneurs are setting up businesses that are “not particularly innovative”.  Photograph: Marc O’Sullivan

A majority of Irish entrepreneurs are setting up businesses that are “not particularly innovative and have little or no aspiration for growth”, a repo(...)

Independent TD Clare Daly claimed there was no strict adherence to rules when Jack Charlton was building his Republic of Ireland teams in the 1980s and 1990s. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The Government should take an approach to whistleblower Edward Snowden’s asylum plea similar to Jack Charlton’s approach in building his Republic of I(...)

Laurent Xavier Balla, an openly gay rights activist with the Association for the Defence of Gays and Lesbians  in Douala, Cameroon, after he was attacked for the fourth time over his sexual orientation. Photograph:  Reinnier Kaze/AFP/Getty Images

Homophobia is reaching dangerously high levels across Africa, with attacks on homosexuals increasingly more visible and discrimination against them on(...)

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