Noeline Blackwell, chief executive of the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre has called for a sentencing database. File photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Information on how judges decide on sentences in rape and sex abuse cases must be published to ensure survivors understand the process and are not dis(...)

John Joe Kiernan (86) of Forthill, Arva, Co Cavan, was not jailed for the repeated sexual abuse of two children over six decades ago.  Photograph: Collins

A former farm labourer has received an eight year suspended sentence for the sexual abuse of two siblings and the rape of one over six decades ago. (...)

John Joe Kiernan (86) of Forthill, Arva, Co Cavan, leaving the Central Criminal Court in Dublin on Monday  after his sentencing was adjourned for a week.  Photograph: Collins Courts.

A judge has praised the “unbelievable courage” of two siblings who went to gardaí­ last year to report sexual abuse they suffered 60 years ago. Mr Ju(...)