The reforms will bring to an end the much-criticised practice of most sex crimes being investigated by the Garda member who responded to the initial emergency call.  Photograph: Frank Miller

Front-line gardaí will no longer investigate rapes or child sexual abuse under radical policing reforms. Instead, all such crimes will be investigate(...)

Campaign groups have welcomed the setting up of the new units. Photograph: iStock

Four new Garda units go live across the State on Friday in an effort to crack down on sex crimes and domestic abuse. Gardaí say the Divisional Prote(...)

Kathleen O’Toole,  the chief of police in Seattle,  is to chair the 12-person commission which will conduct a root-and-branch review of An Garda Síochána.  Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

An independent root-and-branch review of An Garda Síochána will not issue a final report for 16 months but may provide a series of rolling recommendat(...)

Garda Commissioner Noirin O Sullivan.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The Government has agreed the scope of the root and branch review into An Garda Síochána and the panel which will oversee it. It was also agreed that(...)

There are fears that the prospect of being asked very  personal questions in a court is discouraging some victims of sexual abuse from coming forward. File photograph: Getty Images

Large numbers of rape victims are being questioned about their sexual history in court, even when it has nothing to do with their allegations, figures(...)

Dr Noelle Higgins from Maynooth University - International Human Rights Law and Fatal Foetal Abnormalities speaking at the second meeting of the Citizens’ Assembly in January. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Approximately one woman in 20 who is raped will go on to become pregnant, the Citizens’ Assembly has been told. Dr Maeve Eogan, the medical director(...)

“The legislation will clarify that consent cannot be given in particular cases, including where a person is asleep or is intoxicated, and it will also clarify that consent can be withdrawn at any time before or during the act”

Proposed legislative changes, which will define sexual consent in law for the first time, will protect the human rights of both men and women, accordi(...)

Sexual harassment: “He went over and put his hand up her skirt. Three of the lads intervened, pulled him outside. She was afraid of what her husband would think.” Illustration: Daniel Mackie/Ikon/Getty

Laura had been working at a financial institution in Dublin for 20 years when a colleague sexually harassed her at an office party. It was 2008, and L(...)

Mr Justice Peter Charleton  said every jury was “entrusted . . .  to judge what the accused claims as to his mistaken belief against their view of what an ordinary or reasonable man would have realised in the circumstances”. Photograph: iStock

The law on rape allows as a defence that the accused had an honest belief the alleged victim had given consent, though the jury in any trial should co(...)

Half of all Irish women will experience sexual harassment at some point in their lives,  according to a new report from Tusla, the Child and Family Agency. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Half of all Irish women will experience sexual harassment at some point in their lives, while one-quarter will be subjected to physical violence, acco(...)

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