Cork’s Rena Buckley lifts the O’Duffy cup in Croke Park after winning the Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Senior Camogie Final on Sunday. Photograph: Inpho/Bryan Keane

O’Sullivan’s sudden retirement takes Government by surprise The Government and the Garda force were caught by surprise on Sunday after the unexpected(...)

George Hook apologised for comments on rape. Photograph: Eric Luke

Ireland’s largest hotel group Dalata has cancelled its sponsorship of George Hook’s radio show in protest at the broadcasters’ comments about rape las(...)

Dominique Meehan (above) has publicly campaigned on the issue of sexual assault following the jailing of her rapist Keith Hearne.  File photograph: Collins Courts

A woman who waived her right to anonymity after she was raped at a gaming convention says there is a rape culture in Ireland which needs to be address(...)

The UN Committee against Torture was concerned the State’s commission of investigation into mother and baby homes “did not allow it to investigate all institutions in the country at which abuses including forced and illegal adoptions may have occurred”. File photograph: Getty Images

The UN Committee against Torture has called on the Government to carry out an independent investigation into allegations of ill-treatment at all mothe(...)

Minister for Children  Katherine Zappone with Noeline Blackwell, chief executive of the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre, and  Ann Marie Gill, chairperson. Photograph: Eric Luke

The slow roll-out of specialist Garda units to investigate sexual crimes is among the matters the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre wants a United Nations Com(...)

Stranger danger:  virtual dating bypasses the opportunity a first date used to provide for two people to meet and assess each other in a safe environment. Photograph: D3sign/Moment/Getty

“A special word of warning to anyone using social-media sites: we urge you to please be cautious and be aware. Sonia made an error of judgment and pai(...)

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(...)

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