Sexual violence



Court of Appeal: Man given three years for defilement of a child under 17 loses appeal against sentence

A 29-year-old man who was sentenced to three years' imprisonment for defilement of a child under 17 has lost an appeal against the severity of his sentence.

Published 14 March 2019

Ireland ratifies Istanbul Convention on International Women's Day 2019

Ireland has officially ratified the Istanbul Convention on preventing and combatting violence against women and domestic violence this effect from today.

Published 8 March 2019

High Court judge challenges DPP over 'last minute' disclosures ahead of rape and murder trials

A judge of the High Court has challenged the Director of Public Prosecutions to take steps to address the "last minute" disclosure of records for upcoming rape and murder trials.

Published 6 March 2019

England: Decline in rape prosecutions prompts Home Office investigation

Rape prosecutions have declined to their lowest rate in more than five years, The Guardian reports.

Published 6 March 2019

Department of Justice to consult on new child sexual exploitation laws

The Department of Justice has published a consultation which includes proposed measures to strengthen the law to protect children from sexual exploitation and abuse.

Published 22 February 2019

Presumptive minimum sentences for repeat sexual offenders approved by Oireachtas

A bill to introduce stricter penalties for repeat sexual offenders has cleared both stages in the Oireachtas.

Published 21 February 2019

Demand up 37 per cent at court accompaniment services charity

The Victim Support at Court (V-SAC) charity has seen a 37 per cent increase in demand for its court accompaniment services in the last two years, the Irish Examiner reports.

Published 13 February 2019

Man who sexually abused schoolgirl fails in attempt to introduce sexual history evidence

A man who sought to undermine the credibility of a schoolgirl he sexually abused by introducing text messages she exchanged with a 13-year-old boy as evidence has lost an appeal against his conviction.

Published 6 February 2019

Court of Appeal: Man who sexually assaulted his two-year-old son loses appeal against conviction

A man who was convicted of sexually assaulting his two-year-old son while the child’s mother was at work has lost an appeal against his conviction.

Published 4 February 2019

Contempt proceedings launched against Irish Independent after rape trial collapse

The Director of Public Prosecutions has launched proceedings for contempt against the Irish Independent following the collapse of a rape trial late last year.

Published 31 January 2019

Government to review domestic, sexual and gender-based violence strategy

The Government's strategy to tackle domestic, sexual and gender-based violence is set to be reviewed to examine its success.

Published 31 January 2019

Public consultation on Gillen rape trial review drawing to a close

The public consultation on a major judge-led review of the administration of justice in serious sexual offence cases in Northern Ireland is drawing to a close.

Published 17 January 2019

Dr Conor Hanly: Anonymity for rape defendants?

Dr Conor Hanly, lecturer at NUI Galway School of Law and author of the 2009 book Rape and Justice in Ireland, writes for Irish Legal News today on the issue of anonymity for rape defendants.

Published 15 January 2019

Department of Justice and CSO agree framework for sexual violence survey

The Department of Justice has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Central Statistics Office (CSO) on the undertaking of a comprehensive national survey on the prevalence of sexual violence in Ireland.

Published 11 January 2019