Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan: along with Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Catherine Zappone, he has yet to have his “light bulb moment” in terms of urgent response to sex-crime incidence, says  Dublin Rape Crisis Centre’s Noeline Blackwell. Photograph: James Forde

There has been a “significant” shift in sex-crime victims’ willingness to report the offences to the Garda but the Government is not responding with s(...)

CSO  noted  an extra 1,000  incidents of fraud and related crimes at the end of 2018. Photograph: iStock

The incidence of fraud crime in Ireland rose by nearly a fifth last year over the previous 12 months, according to the Central Statistics Office (CSO)(...)

 Sabina Higgins meets Hanan Amer at the Amal women’s association event celebrating International Women’s Day, at the Dublin Mosque, on Wednesday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

“Strange day!” said Sabina Higgins as she squeezed her way into the entrance hall of the Dublin Mosque meeting rooms for the International Woman’s Day(...)

A signed plea of guilty is the quickest way an abuser can accept responsibility for their crimes.

Only six serious sexual offenders dealt with by the Central Criminal Court in the past seven years entered signed pleas of guilty, an analysis by The (...)

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(...)

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan said victims of sex offences should come forward and can be confident of a professional approach from gardaí. File photograph: Collins

The number of sexual crimes being reported to the Garda has surged to a record high and is well on course to pass a worrying new benchmark by year end(...)

Lavinia Kerwick: 'He committed a heinous crime next to murder. There’s no forgiveness for that.' Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

“My name is Lavinia.” More than 25 years after finding herself invisible and voiceless as a teenage rape victim in the legal system, Lavinia Kerwick s(...)

Noeline Blackwell, chief executive, Dublin Rape Crisis Centre, said: ‘We welcome the fact that more and more victims of recent sexual violence are coming forward to seek counselling in the immediate aftermath of the trauma.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

The number of people being raped at house parties and by multiple perpetrators is increasing, according to the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre (DRCC). In i(...)

Staffing problems come at a time when  sexual assault units have seen a 20 per cent increase in the number of people attending them since 2015. Photograph: iStock

Staffing levels at the country’s six sexual assault treatment units are “scandalous” the CEO of Dublin’s Rape Crisis Centre has said. Noeline Blackwe(...)

Orla O’Connor, director of the National Women’s Council said  up to date data on sexual violence is urgently needed. File photograph:  Dara Mac Donaill

Serious concerns were raised on Wednesday that the first report in almost two decades on the extent of sexual violence in Ireland will take five years(...)

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