Entries by Comms

There are no shades of grey around sexual consent

There are no shades of grey around sexual consent Yes, Fifty Shades of Grey is just fantasy – but inexperienced young people are vulnerable to the mixed signals presented in this big screen blockbuster. RAPE IS WRONG. No question. But consent? Well, there are all sorts of shades of grey, right? Not only do we get […]

RCNI welcomes appointment of new Ombudsman for Children

4 February 2015   RCNI welcomes appointment of new Ombudsman for Children, Dr Niall Muldoon   Rape Crisis Network Ireland (RCNI) has welcomed the appointment of Dr Niall Muldoon as the new Ombudsman for Children, as announced yesterday by Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr James Reilly   Dr Cliona Saidlear, RCNI Acting Director […]

RCNI strongly welcome the release of the General Scheme of the forthcoming Criminal Law (Sexual Offices) Bill

27 November 2014 RCNI strongly welcome the release of the General Scheme of the forthcoming Criminal Law (Sexual Offices) Bill and commend Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald for bringing this substantial and significant piece of legislation before us. Cliona Saidlear, RCNI Acting Director said, ‘This long awaited legislation is one of the most […]

Speech by Frances Fitzgerald TD, Minister for Justice & Equality Dáil Éireann

Statements on allegations regarding sexual abuse by members of the Provisional Republican Movement Speech by Frances Fitzgerald TD, Minister for Justice & Equality Dáil Éireann 12th November 2014 In my previous Ministerial role I often noted that child abuse hasn’t gone away. Regrettably this applies not solely to child abuse. Sexual violence generally doesn’t go […]

RCNI release National Rape Crisis Statistics 2013 report; call for renewed whole of government attention to the issue of sexual violence

RCNI Press Release – Wednesday 12th November 2014 Rape Crisis Network Ireland (RCNI) release their National Rape Crisis Statistics 2013 report and call for renewed whole of government attention at this time to the issue of sexual violence The Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald officially launched the report today at the Royal Irish […]

RCNI release new report: Asylum seekers & refugees surviving on hold

October 28th 2014 Rape Crisis Network Ireland (RCNI) release new report: “Asylum seekers and refugees surviving on hold, sexual violence disclosed to Rape Crisis Centres in 2012.” • “significant reforms urgently necessary in Direct Provision system” • “many survivors of sexual violence seeking asylum in Ireland…… have not found a haven” Judge Catherine McGuinness officially […]

RCNI welcome Oireachtas Committee report on Domestic and sexual violence

Rape Crisis Network Ireland today welcome the launch of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Justice, Defence and Equality Report on its hearings into Sexual and Domestic Violence which makes a number of important recommendations. Clíona Saidléar, RCNI acting Director said, ‘the committee’s recommendation that the justice and support response to sexual violence should be specialised […]

Failure of Government Strategy and the Sexual Violence Crisis

In 2014 six years of cumulative cuts of up to 30% saw the temporary closure of services by one of Ireland’s largest rape crisis centres. Yet six years of cuts and public funding shrinking has been accompanied by a very significant rise in demand on services nationwide – with a 28% increase in clients accessing […]