Leo Hickey

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One in Four director Maeve Lewis said the department “claims it has completely adequate child protection policies in place in Irish schools but that’s a bit of a joke”. File photograph: Aidan Crawley

A decision by the Department of Education to warn people who were sexually abused as schoolchildren to withdraw their legal cases shows the department(...)

Retired schoolteacher Leo Hickey outside Cork District Court. Photograph: Provision

A 76-year-old retired schoolteacher from West Cork has been returned for trial by judge and jury after he was charged with sexually assaulting a nine-(...)

Retired schoolteacher Leo Hickey outside Cork District Court. Photograph: Provision

A 76-year-old retired schoolteacher has been remanded on bail after he was charged with sexually assaulting a nine-year-old boy in a school in Co Cork(...)

The State has asked the High Court to strike out a decision permitting it to be sued by three alleged sexual abuse victims following a European court ruling in the landmark case of Louise O’Keeffe (above). File photograph: Garrett White/Collins Court

The State has asked the High Court to strike out a decision permitting it to be sued, along with the Christian Brothers, by three alleged sexual abuse(...)

Record: former deputy chairman of Kenmare Resources Donal Kinsella leaving court with his wife Joan after he was awarded €10 million in damages in a defamation case at the High Court. Photograph: Collins Courts

Damage, and damages. In law, the latter is often the only practical, although in many cases, wholly inadequate, means of compensation for the (...)

Louise  O’Keeffe and other abuse survivors have strongly criticised the scope of the compensation scheme, accusing the state of failing to accept its legal responsibility. Photograph: Garrett White/Collins

The State Claims Agency has identified 210 cases of alleged child sexual abuse in schools, which are eligible for compensation under a Department of E(...)

Louise O’Keeffe: successfully sued the State in the European Court of Human Rights in 2014 for failing to protect her from sexual abuse by principal Leo Hickey while a pupil at Dunderrow national school in west Cork. Photograph: Garrett White/Collins.

The State risks another challenge by a school sex abuse victim in the European Court of Human Rights because of the narrow way in which it is interpr(...)

Louise O’Keeffe took a successful case to the European Court of Human Rights over her abuse in a national school in Cork in the 1970s. Photograph: Collins Courts

A solicitor representing claimants against the state who suffered sexual abused in primary school has described the Government’s settlement offer as “(...)

Louise O’Keeffe who was sexually abused by her teacher in a Co Cork primary school in the 1970s. Photograph: Garrett White / Collins Court

Only a small minority of people who were sexually abused in schools are set to receive compensation from the State under a settlement deal that will c(...)

 Louise O’Keeffe, who pursued her case to the European Court of Human Rights.  Photograph: Garrett White/ Collins Court

It’s a road Louise O’Keeffe could scarcely have imagined she would end up travelling when she set off as a five year old to Dunderrow National School (...)

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