Tom Humphries

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In January, UK prime minister Theresa May confirms Britain will leave the single market after Brexit.  Controls on the Border appear likely to return. Photograph: Toby Melville/Reuters

JANUARY Martin McGuinness resigns as deputy first minister of Northern Ireland following a “cash-for-ash” scandal involving first minister Arlene Fo(...)

Former Irish Times sports journalist Tom Humphries. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) will not be appealing the sentence imposed on former Irish Times sports writer Tom Humphries. Humphries wa(...)

 Former Supreme Court judge Catherine McGuinness: “I was very sad to retire. But I had to go, they throw you out at 72.”  Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Prison is largely ineffective for rehabilitating sex offenders, retired Supreme Court judge Catherine McGuinness has said. Although sexual offenders (...)

 Fr Mark Patrick Hederman: “I never wanted to be a priest, never had the vocation.” Photograph: Eric Luke

Moralising will not help us understand the wave of sexual harassment and child abuse cases that have emerged nationally and internationally, says Mark(...)

Judge Karen O’Connor: “The suggestion that she wasn’t sympathetic to the victim in the case is plainly wrong,” said senior counsel Seán Gillane

Members of the judiciary and bar are “extremely unhappy” with public criticism of the judge who sentenced former Irish Times sports journalist Tom Hum(...)

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

Pervert. Sicko child abuser. Journo beast. After Tom Humphries was, in the telling term favoured by the tabloids, “caged” for grooming and sexually ab(...)

Ciara Kelly of Newstalk: in her first week Kelly has already left her searing stamp on her lunchtime slot

It’s a new show fronted by a rising presenter with a voice and backstory that stand apart from most of her career-broadcaster colleagues’. Yet as Ciar(...)

Tom Humphries: the former journalist was jailed for two-and-a-half years for grooming and sexually abusing a teenage girl. Photograph: Collins Courts

There is no official research on sentencing trends for the offences of defilement and grooming, under which the former Irish Times sportswriter Tom Hu(...)

Tom Humphries: already regarded as a compliant prisoner who poses no security risk. Photograph: Collins Courts Tom Humphries: already regarded as a compliant prisoner who poses no security risk. Photograph: Collins Courts

The former Irish Times sportswriter Tom Humphries has spent his first full day in jail as a sentenced convict. He is prisoner 108586 and is sharing a (...)

‘People who criticise references don’t understand the sentencing process,’ says Michael O’Higgins SC. Photograph: Collins

Giving a character reference in a criminal case is not an error of judgment, a leading barrister has said, in response to controversy surrounding the (...)

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