Consistency of sentencing in sexual violence cases urgently needed

The RCNI today calls for sentencing guidelines to be developed as a matter of urgency – and support the Law Reform Commission’s call for same in their report released today entitled, ‘Report on Mandatory Sentencing’. On behalf of victims of rape nationwide, we call on Minister Shatter to support the Irish judiciary in their need […]

RCNI Seeks Reassurance from Garda Commissioner Regarding DPP Letter Forgery

RCNI were shocked today to hear about the case of a Garda who is being prosecuted for allegedly forging a letter from the Director of Public Prosecutions informing a survivor of sexual violence that their case had been dropped, when in fact it had not. Fiona Neary, RCNI Director said, ‘this allegation, if proved, represents […]

RCNI calls for thorough review of all Domhnall Ó Lubhlaí  investigation processes

RCNI calls on the Garda Commissioner to ensure a thorough review of all investigation processes relating to Domhnall Ó Lubhlaí  Rape Crisis Network Ireland (RCNI) has called on the Garda Commissioner to conduct a thorough review of investigations into allegations of sexual violence committed by Irish College founder Domhnall Ó Lubhlaí, which may date as […]

RCNI welcome today’s decision by Judge Carney to revoke Bail in the Patrick O’Brien sexual abuse case

Caroline Counihan, RCNI Legal Director said, ‘RCNI welcome the news that Patrick O’Brien will now go to jail and start his sentence. We commend Judge Carney for recognising and apologising for his earlier decision on bail and in taking swift action to revoke that bail for Patrick O’Brien. We feel this is appropriate given the […]

Rape Crisis Network Ireland call for the end of granting bail after a conviction for rape

Following the latest controversial sentencing of a convicted serious sexual offender, RCNI call for renewed urgency in reforming sentencing and bail practices. Fiona Neary, Executive Director said, ‘sentencing is the final stage of a long and arduous journey for a survivor of rape and sexual crimes. It is estimated that only 2- 5% of all […]

Rape, Pregnancy and Abortion in Ireland – RCNI release new figures today

Today Rape Crisis Network Ireland (RCNI) release the latest figures on survivors of rape who were pregnant as a result, who had abortions.  In 2011, of the 2,036 female survivors of sexual violence who attended a Rape Crisis Centre (RCC), 90 girls and women became pregnant as a result of rape 17 survivors, pregnant as […]