Ellen Coyne, in The Times Ireland edition, reports:
A government agency [Tusla] has been accused of “punishing” a sexual violence victims’ group after Rape Crisis Network Ireland lost funding worth €300,000 because it questioned how the state was using abuse victims’ personal data.
Documents released under the Freedom of Information Act show that Tusla, the child and family agency, said it could not work with the network on a school sexual violence education programme because there was a “conflict of interest”.
It blamed a legal letter that the network had sent, which claimed Tusla was putting victims at risk by collecting and in some cases publishing data it had collected from crisis centres.
…[Independent Senator Lynn] Ruane said that she was extremely concerned by Tusla’s decision to refuse to work with the network on the project and suggested that the charity had been “punished for highlighting a problem”.