Louise O’Keeffe won her case in the ECHR over abuse she suffered at the hands of school principal Leo Hickey at Dunderrow National School in Co Cork in the 1970s. Photograph: Courtpix

The Department of Education has been accused of misrepresenting the way it has responded to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) judgment in the(...)

Louise O’Keeffe, who joined the Brussels delegation, said the Irish State’s “very narrow” interpretation of the 2014 ECHR ruling insisted any complaint now by others could only be based “on a prior complaint”. File photograph: Garrett White/Collins Court

“I still remember the black-frocked men chasing me down the corridors, and then into cloakrooms or swimming pools... That’s not what school should be (...)

Five men who sued over alleged abuse as children in Christian Brothers’ schools have failed in their attempt to have their damages actions against the(...)

TDs Ruth Coppinger and Mick Barry hold signs saying “Separate church and state” during Dáil prayers. Photograph: RTÉ/Oireachtas TV

Ireland urgently needs to separate church and State, to protect equally everyone’s right to freedom of religion or belief. The recent census showed t(...)

The State Claims Agency paid out just under €4.8m to the top-10-earning barristers in 2016. Photographs: Getty Images

One barrister earned nearly €1 million in fees last year for representing the State in High Court actions. The payments were made by the State Claims(...)

Leo Hickey: abused Daniel Kelleher years after his abuse of girls at Dunderrow National School in west Cork in the 1970s. Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney

Louise O’Keeffe, a survivor of sex abuse, has called on the Department of Education to hold a public inquiry into how convicted sex abuser Leo Hickey (...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin said a redress scheme established for victims of abuse in schools was designed to limit accessibility. Photograph:  Collins.

The Government has been accused of behaving in an appalling manner towards victims of child sexual abuse in primary schools. Fianna Fáil leader Miche(...)

Sinn Féin  Education Spokesperson, Carol Nolan, claimed the Government was ‘causing untold distress to survivors of school child sexual abuse’. Photograph: Laura Hutton/Collins Photo Agency

The Government has been accused of doing “everything in its power” to deny justice to hundreds of children who suffered sexual abuse in State schools.(...)

 Louise O’Keeffe: her battle to have the State held liable for the abuse she suffered  led to the ECHR ruling in 2014. Photograph:  Daragh Mac Sweeney/Provision

Louise O’Keeffe’s long and courageous battle to have the State held liable for the abuse she suffered at her primary school in Dunderrow, Co Cork, was(...)

Emily Logan, chief commissioner of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission: “The commission has an important role to play in ensuring that judgments of the European Court of Human Rights concerning Ireland are fully implemented.” Photograph: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland

The Council of Europe has been asked to sanction a review of how Ireland is treating people who allege they were sexually abused at school. The Iri(...)

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