Geoffrey Shannon

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An investigation by The Irish Times last August revealed three men had been sexually abused by a senior figure involved in St John Ambulance in the 1990s. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

An independent review into the handling of historical child sex abuse allegations in St John Ambulance has commenced, with a final report expected bef(...)

Mick Finnegan was about 14 when he was abused by a senior figure in St John Ambulance. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Survivors have welcomed an independent review into the handling of historical child sex abuse cases in St John Ambulance, which they hope will bring “(...)

 Geoffrey Shannon, who was the government’s special rapporteur on child protection from 2006-2019, will undertake the independent review, which is expected to take a number of months. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

An independent review has been commissioned into the handling of historical child sex abuse allegations in St John Ambulance. St John Ambulance has (...)

Of the 40 to 60 children a year now being adopted here from overseas, they are likely to come from Vietnam, Thailand, Philippines, Poland, the US or Haiti.

The continuing anguish around how thousands of Irish babies were put up for adoption for all the wrong reasons was painfully evident from last week(...)

One mediator noted that ‘the system we have has this enormous cost’. File photograph: Getty

The institution of marriage was changed fundamentally by the introduction of divorce 25 years ago but the law’s attitude towards spousal maintenance h(...)

Adoption Authority chairman Dr Geoffrey Shannon: “It was challenging but rewarding that we managed to ensure that no child failed in their desire to be adopted.” Photograph: Eric Luke

Up to 40 children were adopted by long-term foster parents after the Adoption Authority took last-minute action to ensure that Covid-19 restrictions d(...)

Child law expert Dr Geoffrey Shannon described the findings of the Elliott report into Scouting Ireland as deeply disturbing.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

There are “striking similarities” between the findings of the Elliott report into Scouting Ireland and those that emerged from the Ryan and Murphy rep(...)

Sinéad Nic Ambróis, (29) is a single parent who is training to be a solicitor at William G Henry Solicitors, Emmet Street, Ballymote, Co Sligo. She is taking part in a flexible learning programme which is boosting numbers in law from under-represented backgrounds. Photograph: James Connolly

Since secondary school, Sinéad Nic Ambróis dreamed of becoming a solicitor. The young Donegal woman studied law at Letterkenny Institute of Technolog(...)

Part IV of the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) Act created two new offences of paying for sexual activity with a prostitute and paying for sexual activity with a trafficked person. Photograph: Collins Courts.

There have been just three convictions since a new law targeting those who used prostitutes was introduced in 2017, a review of the new law has reveal(...)

Mavis Ramazani, originally from South Africa, has described the guilt she felt as a mother raising her daughter in direct provision.  Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

On Saturday, October 5th, 2019 Mavis Ramazani stood on the stage of Dublin’s Liberty Hall and described in detail the guilt she felt as a mother raisi(...)

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