Tom O Malley

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Surveys show three-quarters of Irish people have not taken illegal drugs. Is that a sign of the success, or the failure, of drugs policy? Photograph:  Paul Faith/PA Wire.

When it comes to narcotics, the only cliche more commonly used than “the war on drugs” is the one that says “the war on drugs has failed”. Surveys sh(...)

A review group was appointed last September  to examine how sexual offences are dealt with by gardaí and the courts. Photograph: iStock

Rape victims should be allowed give evidence by video-link, consideration should be given to allow them pre-record their evidence, and “rape myths” ca(...)

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan: ‘It’s important that as well as education and healthcare that we have a more comprehensive mental health service within our prison system.’ Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Ireland can do “much more” to address the problem of severely mentally ill people being kept in prison, Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan has said(...)

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(...)

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