The Women’s March in Los Angeles on  January 19th, 2019: the view is taking hold among defence lawyers that #MeToo is something which should be raised with a jury.  Photograph: Jessica Pons/New York Times

The legal system in Ireland tends to operate on a different timescale to the rest of society. Cultural changes, particularly attitudes towards women, (...)

‘From scene preservation, to witness statements, to final report, there was an unthinkable emphasis on the robbery to the almost exclusion of the shooting,’ Mary Rose Gearty SC said, of the Garda inquiry into the Ronan MacLochlainn case.

There was a “sinister” attempt by gardaí to ignore and cover up the assault of a suspect by an officer following an armed raid, an inquiry has found. (...)

The UK’s Crown Prosecution Service has ordered a review of all outstanding rape and sexual assault cases to check if disclosure rules were followed

The Irish justice system faces a “time-bomb” that could lead to the collapse of major trials unless the system for disclosure in criminal cases is ref(...)

A 56-year-old man has been jailed for two and a half years for sexually exploiting a 16-year-old boy with autism by performing a sex act on him in the(...)

There are fears that the prospect of being asked very  personal questions in a court is discouraging some victims of sexual abuse from coming forward. File photograph: Getty Images

Large numbers of rape victims are being questioned about their sexual history in court, even when it has nothing to do with their allegations, figures(...)

Claire Foy and Matt Smith in The Crown, Netflix’s lavish new regal drama

“That is sexual assault,” a journalist told Donald Trump, calmly and carefully, during the second US Presidential debate. “Do you understand that?” A(...)

Author Louise O’Neill in RTÉ documentary Asking for It

“That is sexual assault,” a journalist told Donald Trump, calmly and carefully, during the second US Presidential debate. “Do you understand that?” As(...)

A file photos from 1998 showing a  colour party forming a guard of honour for the body of   Ronan MacLochlainn prior to his funeral. Photograph: The Irish Times

A retired detective inspector has described shooting at Real IRA member Rónán Mac Lochlainn after he pointed a handgun at the detective through the(...)

Gráinne Nic Gib and Gráinne Nic Lochlainn pictured last week arriving for the commission of investigation into the fatal shooting of Rónán Mac Lochlainn by an armed detective in 1998. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Anyone with information on the fatal shooting by gardaí of a Real IRA member 17-years-ago has been urged contact the inquiry investigating the deat(...)

Gráinne Nic Gib  and Gráinne Nic Lochlainn arriving for the commission of investigation into the fatal shooting  of Rónán Mac Lochlainn by an armed detective in 1998. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

More than 20 gardaí who were present in Co Wicklow when a Real IRA man was shot dead by an armed detective in 1998 were never interviewed about the in(...)