Tom O Malley

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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)(...)

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 he intends to bring proposals to Government at the end of November for the study. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

A major national study on sexual violence in Ireland is expected to start next year but will take up to two years to complete. Minister for Justice C(...)

Lecturer in law at NUI Galway Tom O’Malley has been asked to assess the legal protection offered to complainants in sexual assault trials.

The Minister for Justice has appointed an independent person to examine all aspects of sexual assault trials. Charlie Flanagan has asked lecturer in (...)

 Ms Justice Mary Laffoy, chairwoman, at the Citizens’ Assembly in Malahide, Co Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

The first signs that the Irish public were far more liberal about abortion than had been assumed came at the Grand Hotel in Malahide, following the de(...)

 Circuit Court judges have had little or no guidance on how to treat the burglary and robbery offences which make up the bread and butter work of the jurisdiction

A series of lengthy judgments handed down by the Court of Appeal last Thursday amounted to “a significant development in sentencing law”, a leading ac(...)

Fianna Fáil health spokesman Billy Kelleher: If as a society we are sincere about our compassion for women we need to be sincere in respecting and trusting the decisions women make. This is why I believe we should repeal the Eighth Amendment. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Abortion is a very uncomfortable subject for anyone to discuss in great detail and there is no unanimous position on it. Some say abortion is a human(...)

Billy Kelleher: supported by  colleagues Lisa Chambers TD and Senator Ned O’Sullivan, he tabled a motion recommending the committee propose terminations up to 12 weeks without restriction

“A step too far” – those are the words repeated by politicians opposing unrestricted access to abortion up to 12 weeks into pregnancy. Taoiseach Leo (...)

Chief Justice Frank Clark at NUI Galway. Photograph: Aengus McMahon/NUIG

The “art of judging” could be improved by dividing the country into regions to allow judges in lower courts to specialise, Chief Justice Frank Clarke (...)

Tom O’Malley: legislating for abortion in rape cases “legally complex and therefore open to legal challenge”. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Oireachtas committee examining the Eighth Amendment has been advised that if a woman is granted an abortion because of an alleged rape, this may h(...)

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