'I was always attracted to people my own age but struggled to talk to women. I became used to these images of abuse.' Illustration: Dearbhla Kelly

The offender ‘IF I HADN’T BEEN CAUGHT, I’D STILL BE DOING IT ’ There was a knock on the door. Jack was woken by the Garda in his bedroom. His mother(...)

Heimlich manoeuvre: abdominal thrusts are highly effective and easy to learn. Photograph: iStock/Getty

Michael Healy-Rae’s recent brush with death shows how a simple, easily learned medical intervention can save a life. The Kerry TD joins Ronald Reaga(...)

Many schools have either not implemented sex education classes, or have poorly developed policies around it. Photograph: iStock

Sophie was sexually abused by her stepfather from a young age. And yet, right through her childhood and into her teens, talking about sex was utterly (...)

“I’ve had to dig deep to have understanding for perpetrators. But the Phoenix programme is about a systemic approach to preventing child sex abuse.” Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Most people who sexually abuse a child will never see the inside of a Garda interviewing room, let alone a jail cell. Only 4 per cent of allegations(...)

  Eileen Finnegan from Kilgarvan said she must be the only person in the country to thank the storm – after it washed up much-loved rosary beads which had been stolen from her car, along with a Padre Pio medal. Photograph: Luca Zennaro/EPA

Storm Desmond is being credited with the return of religious items including rosary beads to a woman in Co Kerry in a bizarre story in which a hunter (...)

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Most families unconsciously protect a sex offender living in their homes because they are terrified of society’s response, according to Eileen Finnega(...)