Complainants in rape trials will be assisted by a counsellor and a set of rules for cases will ensure courtrooms are no longer “cold places” for them, Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan has revealed.
A former captain of Ireland and the Lions has told the 'Today with Sean O'Rourke' programme on RTÉ Radio 1 that Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding should be "back to doing what they do best and that is playing rugby".
Ireland and Ulster rugby star Paddy Jackson, who was last week acquitted of rape, has told the Press Association he is ashamed the woman who accused him left his home distressed, has apologised for engaging in "degrading and offensive" WhatsApp chats and said he has betrayed his family's values.
As someone who teaches sports law and criminal law in Melbourne, but who lived and lectured in Belfast for 15 years, I followed the trial and acquittal of Paddy Jackson, Stuart Olding, Blane McIlroy and Rory Harrison with deep and obvious interest, writes.
Drogheda United soccer player Luke Rossiter has said he “doesn’t really know” why he tweeted that he was “delighted for Paddy Jackson” and why he criticised the complainant following last week’s Belfast rape trial verdict.