From top: Ruairi Quinn; European Court of Human Rights decision in respect of Louise O’Keeffe in 2014; Dáil sitting this morning; Minister for Education Joe McHugh, Sinn Féin TD Maurice Quinlivan  This morning. Minister for Education Joe McHugh gave a statement to the Dáil in light of Mr Justice Iarfhlaith O’Neill finding earlier this week that […]

From top: Justice Iarfhlaith O’Neill; Conor O’Mahony (left), director of UCC’s Child Law Clinic; Louise O’Keeffe Yesterday, Mr Justice Iarfhlaith O’Neill ruled that the State misinterpreted a ruling by the European Court of Human Rights – a misinterpretation which led to survivors of child sex abuse in schools being denied access to a redress scheme. […]

This afternoon. During Leaders’s Questions. Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin raised what he called a “legacy issue which reflects all parties who’ve have been in Government over the last number of years” and that he wasn’t raising it as a mean to score political points. The issue is how the State has dealt with child […]

Above: Sunday Times journalist Justine McCarthy (above) on Tonight With Vincent Browne last night and (centre) former Children’s Ombudsman Emily Logan You may recall a post from last September regarding a report by the Children’s Ombudsman into allegations of physical and sexual at an unidentified primary school in Co. Kilkenny. The school’s child-abuse prevention policy […]

Louise O’Keefe (above) and (top) with Prime Time Host Miriam O’Callaghan Louise O’Keefe was abused in the early 1970s while a pupil at Dunderrow National School in west Cork. Louise sued the Department of Education but the High Court and the Supreme Court ruled the State was not liable because her abuser, school principal Leo […]

“I think this was an example of a woman of extraordinary commitment, over a long number of years, to following through her case being taken before them. Sadly, it’s one that’s indicative of a long litany of cases in Ireland, where these and other events took place. That’s why, in the past, we’ve had to […]

Louise O’Keeffe, behind her lawyer above, began her case against the Irish Government in the European Court of Human Rights today. Teacher Leo Hickey sexually abused Ms O’Keeffe when she was eight and attending Dunderrow National School in Co Cork in 1973. In 1998 Hickey was convicted of 21 sample charges involving 21 children from 380 […]

A notice on the Symphysiotomy Payment Scheme website You may recall how last year Marie O’Connor, of Survivors of Symphysiotomy, spoke about the group’s grievances in relation to the symphysiotomy redress scheme. She explained that the scheme demanded survivors to produce ‘objective evidence of women’s injuries’ – including receipts for incontinence pads or prescriptions for anti-depressants […]

[Louise O’Keefe, top, and the press release about her victory from the European Court of Human Rights this morning] Ms O’Keeffe took legal action against the Department of Education, arguing that the State had failed to put in place appropriate protection measures to prevent and stop systematic sexual abuse at her school. However, the High […]

Ivana Bacik, Marie Moloney, Susan O’Keeffe, Lorraine Higgins and Katherine Zappone Eamon Coughlan and Martin McAleese Marie Louise O’Donnell Imelda Henry James Heffernan and Marie Moloney Fiach Mac Conghail Averil Power And by people we do mean party workers, unsuccessful Dail candidates and the well-connected. First day of the new term. Taken this afternoon. New […]