Maeve Lewis

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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(...)

 ‘There seems to be no consideration for the victim,’ says abuse survivor Fiona Doyle. ‘Even at my age I would find that very intimidating.’ File photograph: Alan Betson

For abuse survivor Fiona Doyle, the most striking section of Tusla’s new procedures for investigating child abuse is the provision that suspects may b(...)

One in Four chief executive Maeve Lewis:  the group was forced to turn people away last year.

A charity supporting survivors of child sexual abuse had to close its waiting list for four months last year due to the high level of demand for its s(...)

One in Four executive director Maeve Lewis described the exhibition as both compelling and disturbing. Photograph: Alan Betson

An exhibition by survivors of childhood sex abuse has been curated to mark 10 years since the Ryan Report. The report investigated abuse in institut(...)

Scouting Ireland’s training and conference centre at Larch Hill in Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Scouting Ireland’s interim safeguarding manager Ian Elliott has defended current child protection standards in the organisation, after serious concern(...)

 Katherine Zappone said Tusla raised issues about the implementation of statutory Children First protections. File photograph: Leah Farrell/RollingNews.ie

Scouting Ireland will not be brought before an Oireachtas Committee to address Tusla concerns over child protection procedures due to a lack of suppor(...)

Ireland categorises all types of child sex abuse material, simulated or real, as child pornography. This extends to to text conversations depicting child abuse. Photograph: Getty Images

Gardaí are seizing increasing amounts of virtual or simulated child pornography, in the form of cartoons, text and computer graphic images. The mater(...)

The true number of sex offenders and victims was likely to be “a multiple” of what had emerged to date.

More than a dozen people have come forward alleging that they were sexually abused while members of Scouting Ireland since the organisation revealed t(...)

 Pope Francis, who is due to arrive in Ireland on Saturday for a two-day visit. Photograph: Max Rossi/Reuters

Clerical sex abuse survivors have criticised an open letter from Pope Francis, in which he apologises to victims and says “no effort will be spared to(...)

Abuse survivor Colm O’Gorman said while Pope Francis had said the church must seek forgiveness for its sins, he did not acknowledge its “wilful cover up of those very crimes”. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The Pope’s letter has been criticised for not adequately addressing the issues of accountability for abuse or for the cover up of crimes. Survivor C(...)

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