The Central Mental Hospital in Dundrum, Co Dublin. File photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Just one person was completely discharged from the care of the Central Mental Hospital (CMH) last year. The vast majority of patients in the CMH in D(...)

Victims are not eligible for compensation if they were an abuser’s first victim or if the abuser’s other victims had declined to come forward for whatever reason.

The Ombudsman for Children and the State’s human rights watchdog have urged the Government to greatly expand the redress scheme for children abused in(...)

A group of abuse victims pictured outside the Dáil on Wednesday to mark a motion  on reforms to a State abuse redress scheme. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The Government has been defeated by 84 votes to 44 on a Dáil motion to allow victims of primary school sexual abuse to seek redress on the same basis (...)

A group of lawyers say the Eighth Amendment, which gives an equal right to life to the mother and her unborn child, could be altered, rather than a question being posed over whether it should be removed.

Access to abortion in the “hard cases” of rape, incest or fatal foetal abnormalities could be dealt with by amending the Constitution, a group of lawy(...)

Aindrias Ó Caoimh, former High Court and European Court of Justice judge, was one of 100 legal professionals who signed a letter opposing the repeal of the Eighth Amendment. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

A group of 100 legal professionals including two former High Court judges have signed a letter opposing the repeal of the Eighth Amendment. The grou(...)

Saga involving Garda whistleblower Sgt Maurice McCabe had its beginnings over a decade ago. An end is not yet in sight. File photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins

The saga involving Garda whistleblower Sgt Maurice McCabe had its beginnings over a decade ago. Two garda commissioners, two minister for justice an(...)

John McGuinness: said Mr Callinan had warned him that Garda whistleblower Sgt Maurice McCabe was not to be trusted. Photograph: Eric Luke

Former Garda commissioner Martin Callinan confirmed he met Fianna Fáil TD John McGuinness in a car park but said accounts of the meeting were “distort(...)

Garda whistleblower Sgt Maurice McCabe at Leinster House. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

It was barely 6am when Katherine Zappone’s phone began flashing and buzzing with the incoming call. The first light before dawn was still nearly an ho(...)

Matters linked to the Garda whistleblower controversies have been ongoing for several years. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

In 2008 Westmeath-based sergeant Maurice McCabe raised concerns with his superiors about senior gardaí quashing penalty points. Nothing was done but (...)

Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald, has no objection to including all contacts between gardai and Tusla the terms of reference of a commission of inquiry. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald told the Dáil she has no objection to including all contacts between gardaí and the Child and Family Agency – Tusla in the(...)

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