Stuart Olding

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From left to right: Paul Murphy, Ruth Coppinger TD, Cllr Michael Murphy and Mick Barry TD pictured in 2017.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

The inner workings of the Socialist Party are not usually on display for all to see. Its TDs – Paul Murphy, Ruth Coppinger and Mick Barry – are the m(...)

Ireland’s Peter O’Mahony preparing for  England during training at   the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ireland v England, Aviva stadium, Saturday, 4.45pm (Virgin Media/ITV) This is different. Invariably it has been Ireland hunting an English scalp. So(...)

Ireland’s Rory Best during the captain’s run at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. Photograph: PA

A year on from the week exactly 12 months ago when, it now transpires, Rory Best considered stepping down as Irish captain before the dramatic opening(...)

Sir John Gillen said lengthy interviews with victims of serious sexual crimes hugely enhanced his knowledge of the situation. Photograph: Aaron McCracken

Sir John Gillen spent 29 years as a barrister and 18 years as a senior judge in Northern Ireland and over that long period was involved in many rape c(...)

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(...)

Jacob Stockdale leads the way  for Ireland with 10 tries, including this one against England in this year’s Six Nations.  Photograph:  Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

It’s been an annus mirabilis for Irish rugby, Leinster winning a Champions Cup and Guinness Pro14 double, while the national team produced a Six Natio(...)

A composite image featuring Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding, who were acquitted of rape.

The rugby players Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding have had their applications for costs arising from this year’s high profile rape trial refused. The(...)

Tadhg Beirne celebrates with his mother Brenda, father Gerry and sisters Jennifer, Alannah and Caoimhe after the victory over Australia in the second Test at AAMI Park, Melbourne. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Tadhg Beirne is an exceptional talent, and he’s also a great story, as his life could have taken such a different course but for two career-changing d(...)

Frank O’Donoghue QC. He  represented  former Ireland and Ulster rugby player Stuart Olding, who was acquitted after a rape trial in Belfast.  Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

People accused of rape should not receive anonymity before conviction unless they are likely to suffer “exceptional” reputational damage, the barriste(...)

“Helpline calls and the needs of women are becoming more and more complex as the years pass.” Photograph: iStock

Women’s Aid refuges in Northern Ireland became the first home for 10 newborn babies last year, according to its annual report. The report, which is d(...)

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