Enthusiasm for training is evident across the judiciary, with more than 70 per cent expressing a desire for it. Photograph: Frank Miller

When John O’Connor became a judge, first of the District Court, later the Circuit Court, there were no training courses available, bar an informal “sh(...)

Noeline Blackwell, chief executive of DRCC, says the pandemic had a ‘very damaging’ effect on the survivors of sexual violence. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Crisis appointments at the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre (DRCC) for victims and survivors of sexual violence tripled in the summer of 2020 as Covid-19 res(...)

Charlene Masterson  speaking to reporters outside the Criminal Courts of Justice  after her father was jailed for 17 years. Photograph: Collins

A daughter who suffered years of abuse at the hands of her father has told of how she plans to campaign for greater awareness and support for individu(...)

Charlene Masterson speaking to the media outside the Criminal Courts of Justice after her father, David Masterson, was jailed for 17 years. Photograph: Collins Courts

Taoiseach Micheál Martin has been among those praising the strength of Charlene Masterson who waived her anonymity to speak out about sustained and ho(...)

“Sexual assault has a profound impact  on every aspect of your life. It’s something you come to accept, but never forget”

After Minister Josepha Madigan shared her experience of surviving sexual assault, Irish Times readers came forward with their own stories: of assau(...)

A ‘well-resourced’ online safety commissioner is required, the Children’s Rights Alliance says

A “well-resourced” online safety commissioner with an independent complaints mechanism for when a social media platform fails to deal with a complaint(...)

Gardaí dancing to the viral hit Jerusalema. Image: Twitter

An Garda Síochána has received an award for its viral Jerusalema video which saw gardaí around the country taking part in a mass dance-off during the (...)

The Criminal Procedure Act 2021 proposes the introduction of preliminary hearings where  issues that could lead to delays, including those surrounding disclosure, could be dealt with in advance of the actual rape trial.

Those involved in rape trials should “refuse to accept” delays which only compound the trauma of victims, a seminar exploring the realities of court e(...)

The criminal gang had threatened to release or sell masses of sensitive data taken during the attack on Monday unless it received a ransom payment of €16.4 million. Photograph: iStock

There was no confirmed mass leaking of Health Service Executive patient data on Monday, as a deadline set by the cybercriminals came and went. The c(...)

'A 2019 judgment brought much-needed clarity, so that we in Dublin Rape Crisis Centre, our colleagues around the country and all those who support victims and society generally can gain insights into sentences.' Photograph: Dave Meehan

In her powerful article in Wednesday’s Irish Times, addressed to the young Dingle woman who was a victim of rape by family friend Conor Quaid, Róisín (...)

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