Patrick O Dea

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Leona O’Callaghan addresses the Bar Council conference Laws and Effects. Photograph: The Bar of Ireland/Twitter

A woman who was raped as a child has told a Bar Council conference that while she continued to function through her childhood, she collapsed when havi(...)

Campaigner Shaneda Daly says  offenders who change their plea years after being charged “should be penalised instead of being rewarded”.  Photograph: Eamon Ward

Shaneda Daly is one of Ireland’s most powerful campaigners for abuse survivors. She’s helped set up an umbrella group for others like her, called Surv(...)

Leona O’Callaghan will say that her abuse “broke me in ways I will never heal from”.

Limerick woman Leona O’Callaghan, whose rapist was jailed for attacks on her when she was 13-years-old, has called for changes to sentencing practice (...)

 Leona O’ Callaghan (37) speaks to the media outside the Central Criminal Court in Dublin on Monday after Patrick O’Dea (52) of Pike Avenue, Limerick, was sentenced to 17 years for her rape and sexual assault on dates in 1994 and 1995.  Photograph: Laura Hutton/Collins

A 52-year-old Limerick man was jailed for 17 years on Monday for the rape of Leona O’Callaghan in a graveyard when she was aged 13. The now 37-year-o(...)

A file photo of Patrick ‘Whacker’ O’Dea from who was jailed for 17 years for raping 13-year-old girl in Limerick.  Photograph: Press 22

A Limerick man has been jailed for 17 years after he raped a 13-year-old girl in a graveyard and manipulated her and isolated her from her friends. P(...)