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Tom Humphries attending his 2017 trial at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court. File photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Convicted child abuser and former Irish Times writer Tom Humphries has been released from prison having served 22 months of a 2½-year sentence. The f(...)

Bob Barnes, with family members at the funeral of his wife former TD, Senator and member of the Council of State, Monica Barnes. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Former Fine Gael senator and TD Monica Barnes was described as “open and optimistic’’ by her daughter, Sarah, at her funeral in Killiney, Co Dublin. (...)

Tom Humphries: the former Irish Times journalist pleaded guilty to two counts of defilement of a child and four counts of inviting a child to participate in a sexually explicit, obscene or indecent act.  Photograph: Courtpix

Campaigners against sex abuse have condemned what they described as the leniency of the 2½ year prison sentence given to Tom Humphries and the judge’s(...)

Tom Humphries: “The ‘higher’ the position the greater the breach of trust. Sentencing should reflect that,” said Mary Flaherty of Children at Risk in Ireland. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Groups working with survivors of rape and sexual abuse have described the 2½ year sentence given to Tom Humphries as lenient. They also said the judge(...)

Court proceedings involving children who have been sexually abused take an average of five years from the date of the crime to the end of criminal proceedings. Photograph: Istock

Court proceedings involving children who have been sexually abused are suffering “excessive delays” and taking an average of five years from the date (...)

Yellow is promoted as an app “to make amazing new friends”. Photograph: Thinkstock Images

A new “friendship” app, which has become increasingly popular with Irish teenagers in recent months, is being used to exchange sexually explicit photo(...)

Conor O’Keefe at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court yesterday: he was sentenced to three years for having sex with a 15-year-old girl he groomed online. Photograph: Court Collins.

The most effective way parents can protect children against predators online is to have an “honest and open relationship”, child safety experts have (...)

A file image of businessman Anthony Lyons, who has been released from Arbour Hill prison after serving an extended sentence for sexually assaulting a woman in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times.

Businessman Anthony Lyons has been released from Arbour Hill prison after serving a sentence for sexually assaulting a woman in Dublin. The 54 year-o(...)

Alexis Fitzgerald, with his wife, Mary Flaherty, at Leinster House. Photograph: Eric Luke

Timing and a little more electoral luck might well have secured Alexis FitzGerald, who has died aged 70, a senior role within Fine Gael in recent deca(...)

The Cari annual report said calls to its helpline over rape and sexual assault had increased by 43 per cent over the past three years.

A significant increase in teenagers committing sexual assaults against other teenagers has been recorded by support organisation Children at Risk in I(...)

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