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The scene at a house  at  Derrycoole Way, Newtownabbey, after police began  a murder investigation after three bodies were found at separate properties. Photograph: PA

Northern Ireland’s Minister for Justice has described the murder of two women on Friday night was an “absolute tragedy” and said she plans to bring pr(...)

A report on sexual offences in the Republic by the barrister and legal academic Thomas O’Malley is expected imminently. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Most of the time, the courts go about their work without impinging much on the thoughts of the public at large, save for those unfortunate enough to f(...)

 Paddy Jackson with his father Peter arriving at a Belfast court for his son’s rape  trial.      At the conclusion of the trial Paddy Jackson (27) and former team-mate Stuart Olding (26), were both unanimously acquitted of raping the same woman. File photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

The father of former Ireland and Ulster rugby star Paddy Jackson has secured judgment in a libel action over false claims that he offered to pay off t(...)

A review group was appointed last September  to examine how sexual offences are dealt with by gardaí and the courts. Photograph: iStock

Rape victims should be allowed give evidence by video-link, consideration should be given to allow them pre-record their evidence, and “rape myths” ca(...)

Irish rugby player Paddy Jackson after being found not quilty of a charge of rape, on March 28th, 2018. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

It was the trial that captured the attention of the island, and beyond. Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding walked free from Belfast Crown Court a year ag(...)

Sir John Gillen said lengthy interviews with victims of serious sexual crimes hugely enhanced his knowledge of the situation. Photograph: Aaron McCracken

Sir John Gillen spent 29 years as a barrister and 18 years as a senior judge in Northern Ireland and over that long period was involved in many rape c(...)

Rugby players Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding were acquitted of rape “but their names are mud,” NUI Galway law lecturer Dr Conor Hanly said. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The law on the anonymity of defendants and complainants in rape trials in the Republic works well and should be retained, according to a leading acade(...)

“Helpline calls and the needs of women are becoming more and more complex as the years pass.” Photograph: iStock

Women’s Aid refuges in Northern Ireland became the first home for 10 newborn babies last year, according to its annual report. The report, which is d(...)

Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding were acquitted of the charges

Eight months after Irish international rugby players Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding were acquitted of rape in a Belfast court, their trial evidence h(...)

A woman stops to photograph a mural showing pictures of underwear with the slogan ‘Not Asking For It’ in a street in Dublin last week as a protest after a defence lawyer showed a 17-year-old girl’s thong in court. Photograph: Paul Faith/ AFP/Getty Images

Rape is one of the most serious offences in the criminal code and one of the worst imaginable violations of human dignity. In spite of gross under-rep(...)

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