Rape Crisis Network Ireland today released new data on Under 18’s and pregnancy following rape

Rape Crisis Network Ireland (RCNI) has today released data on Under 18’s and pregnancy following rape, compiled using information collected by 15 Rape Crisis Centres on the RCNI database in 2011. Executive Director Fiona Neary stated: ‘Examination of our national data shows that in 2011 40 females who attended a rape crisis centre reported that […]

Rape Crisis Network Ireland (RCNI) Press Release

RCNI call for all party support to protect child victims of sexual violence from unnecessary and potentially devastating harm in our courts. As a long time advocate of victims’ rights, RCNI calls on Minister for Justice and Equality, Alan Shatter, TD, to include the proposed amendment to the Courts Bill proposed by Senator Van Turnhout, […]

Group Letter: Protecting Child Abuse Victims in Justice System

A chara, We, the undersigned, call on Minister for Justice and Equality Alan Shatter, TD and all Oireachtas members to support amending the Courts Bill 2013 to regulate the admission of the counselling notes of the child witness in a sexual violence criminal case. A current gap in our law means that parents of child […]

RCNI Launch Governance Resource Pack for Rape Crisis Centre Board Members

Rape Crisis Network Ireland (RCNI) are delighted to announce that Ms Norah Gibbons, Chair Designate of the Child & Family Agency, today in Galway launched, The Rape Crisis Centre Governance Resource Pack, a new training resource which has been rolled out for Rape Crisis Centre (RCC) Board Members nationwide. Speaking at the launch, Ms Gibbons said, ‘this […]

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 […]

Rape Crisis Network Ireland (RCNI) Press Release

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 […]

Rape Crisis Network Ireland (RCNI) Press Release

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 […]