Counselling service for adults abused in childhood misses thousands of out-of-hours calls

Counselling service for adults abused in childhood misses thousands of out-of-hours calls

A third of calls to a telephone-based counselling service for adults who were abused in childhood have been received outside of service hours this year.

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Man who assaulted son and exposed him to heroin use jailed for one year

Man who assaulted son and exposed him to heroin use jailed for one year

A man who was found guilty of cruelty to his own son by assaulting him, exposing him to open heroin use and leaving him to sleep on the floor was sentenced to one year of imprisonment today.

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Academics urge withdrawal of abuse records legislation

Academics urge withdrawal of abuse records legislation

Twenty archivists and information professionals at some of Ireland’s main universities have called for “the full and immediate withdrawal” of legislation seeking to seal millions of child abuse records for 75 years.

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Abuse victims hail progress in procuring compensation money

Abuse victims hail progress in procuring compensation money

Payments were recommended by a Stormont-commissioned inquiry into historic institutional abuse, chaired by retired judge Anthony Hart.

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Legal experts join survivors in protest of controversial child abuse record legislation

Legal experts join survivors in protest of controversial child abuse record legislation

Survivors of abuse, along with legal experts and academics have lined up in opposition to controversial legislation to seal millions of child abuse records for 75 years.

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‘It’s so wrong’: survivors plead with committee to reconsider Records Bill

‘It’s so wrong’: survivors plead with committee to reconsider Records Bill

Evidence is to be sealed for 75 years under current rules.

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Govt to issue draft proposals in coming weeks of redress scheme for victims of child abuse in schools

Govt to issue draft proposals in coming weeks of redress scheme for victims of child abuse in schools

Draft proposals on a review of the State’s redress scheme for victims of child sexual abuse in schools are expected to go to the Minister for Education in the coming weeks.

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Six women and five men to face charges relating to over 200 counts of sexual abuse and child neglect

Six women and five men to face charges relating to over 200 counts of sexual abuse and child neglect

Six women and five men have been remanded on bail to appear before the Central Criminal Court for trial, on charges of more than 200 counts of sexual offences and neglect of children.

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Victims who disclose abuse can be ‘retraumatised’

Victims who disclose abuse can be ‘retraumatised’

A study has found that adults who disclose abuse they suffered when they were younger can end up “retraumatised” because of issues with how their disclosures are dealt with, including delays and poor communication.

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Caranua vows not to leave abuse survivors 'high and dry'

Caranua vows not to leave abuse survivors 'high and dry'

Redress organisation Caranua has vowed not to leave abuse survivors "high and dry" following concerns that hundreds of applicants may not receive any financial support from the dwindling fund.

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Monk who raped me may be my father, witness tells UK abuse inquiry

Monk who raped me may be my father, witness tells UK abuse inquiry

A former pupil at a Catholic boarding school has told how he was raped by a monk who he suspects to be his father.

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Government told as far back as 2013 of possibility to seal child abuse records for longer than 30 years

Government told as far back as 2013 of possibility to seal child abuse records for longer than 30 years

An advisory council to the National Archives told the Government as far back as 2013 that it was possible to seal child abuse records for longer than 30 years.

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Abuse survivors concern over plan to seal records

Abuse survivors concern over plan to seal records

A majority of abuse survivors have expressed concern over government plans to seal millions of child abuse records for 75 years.

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New study to give voice to 'hidden group' affected by child sexual abuse

New study to give voice to 'hidden group' affected by child sexual abuse

Statistics in Ireland show approximately one-in-four children have been the victim of child sex abuse.

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Joe McHugh: State failed to protect victims of sexual abuse

Joe McHugh: State failed to protect victims of sexual abuse

Mr McHugh conceded there are serious problems when a compensation system ignores any victims

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9-year-olds contact legal helpline

9-year-olds contact legal helpline

Children as young as nine have contacted a new legal helpline run by the Children’s Rights Alliance.

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Sealing child abuse records is ‘dangerous’

Sealing child abuse records is ‘dangerous’

Legislation to seal millions of child abuse records for 75 years was drafted so “all possible provisions” of the National Archives Act, which allows the public or State bodies to access records, would be disapplied.

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Child abuse peaks in emergency accommodation

Child abuse peaks in emergency accommodation

The number of reports of suspected abuse of children living in emergency accommodation peaked around Christmas and New Year, according to new figures.

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Delays hit fight against spread of child porn

Delays hit fight against spread of child porn

Poor web speed, staff shortages and backlog hinder garda inquiries

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NI judge rules failure to compensate victims of historical abuse not unlawful

NI judge rules failure to compensate victims of historical abuse not unlawful

Judge Bernard McCloskey opened the door for a further potential challenge.

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Eric Eoin Marques to extradited to the United States

Eric Eoin Marques to extradited to the United States

He was surrendered to FBI Agents at Dublin Airport and will appear in Court in the US on Monday.

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Call for inquiry records to be anonymised, not sealed

Call for inquiry records to be anonymised, not sealed

Thousands of testimonies relating to child abuse in institutions and related records should be redacted and anonymised, instead of being sealed for 75 years.

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Paedophile priest Eugene Greene dies in Cork

Paedophile priest Eugene Greene dies in Cork

One of Ireland’s most notorious paedophile priests has died. Eugene Greene, who pleaded guilty to 40 counts of sexual assault on 26 children in Donegal between 1965 and 1982, died at the end of last year.

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Over 30% of dentists had concerns about child patients being victims of abuse, only 8% reported

Over 30% of dentists had concerns about child patients being victims of abuse, only 8% reported

Almost one-third of primary care dentists had concerns about a child patient being the victim of abuse or neglect over the course of the previous year, but just 8% made a formal report, according to new research.

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‘A dangerous precedent’: 75-year seal put on child abuse testimony

‘A dangerous precedent’: 75-year seal put on child abuse testimony

Thousands of testimonies relating to child abuse in residential institutions and related records are to be sealed and “withheld from public scrutiny” for 75 years under new legislation.

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Resources cited in delays over child abuse recommendations

Resources cited in delays over child abuse recommendations

A Government-appointed body has cited resource issues for delays in implementing key Garda Inspectorate recommendations regarding the investigation of child sexual abuse.

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Body cites resource issues for delays in bringing in new measures to investigate child sexual abuse

Body cites resource issues for delays in bringing in new measures to investigate child sexual abuse

A Government-appointed body has cited resource issues for delays in implementing key Garda Inspectorate recommendations regarding the investigation of child sexual abuse.

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Man charged with making and distributing child porn images in the North

Man charged with making and distributing child porn images in the North

The man, aged 50, is expected to appear before Newtownards Magistrates’ Court tomorrow.

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Childline contacted once a minute on Christmas Day

Childline contacted once a minute on Christmas Day

Childline received on average nearly one contact a minute on Christmas Day, according to the helpline’s providers, who said calls to the service were up almost a quarter compared to the same day last year.

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Leave us kids alone: A look at child marriage in the US and beyond

Leave us kids alone: A look at child marriage in the US and beyond

While the global trend in forced marriage and child brides has seen numbers fall in recent years, the picture emerging from America is more disturbing, writes Bette Browne

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Poverty and inequality putting children at risk of sexual exploitation, report finds

Poverty and inequality putting children at risk of sexual exploitation, report finds

Children from Roma, migrant, refugee and Traveller communities are at a greater risk of sexual exploitation, a new report has found.

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Caranua fund: State agencies look into supports for abuse victims

Caranua fund: State agencies look into supports for abuse victims

Government departments have only just begun consideration of how to provide continued supports to survivors of institutional child abuse after the Caranua fund is wound up.

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Oireachtas committee likely to request independent investigation into Caranua

Oireachtas committee likely to request independent investigation into Caranua

A State body's dealings with the institutional child abuse victims it was set up to provide support for is to be the subject of an Oireachtas committee request for an independent investigation.

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Commission to begin investigating child sex abuse allegations against Bill Kenneally next week

Commission to begin investigating child sex abuse allegations against Bill Kenneally next week

The Commission of Investigation into allegations of child sex abuse against Bill Kennealy will begin next Monday.

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Government to pilot joined-up service for child sex abuse victims next year

Government to pilot joined-up service for child sex abuse victims next year

A Government announcement that a pilot ‘One House’ centre for children who have been sexually abused will open early next year has been welcomed by the Ombudsman for Children and support organisations.

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Children who sexually abuse need more help, says Children's Ombudsman

Children who sexually abuse need more help, says Children's Ombudsman

The Children's Ombudsman has criticised delays in providing services to deal with the hundreds of cases of child sexual abuse carried out by children every year.

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48% of Irish people believe Pope did not go far enough on clerical abuse - study

48% of Irish people believe Pope did not go far enough on clerical abuse - study

Francis made many protests and public pronouncements on the wrongdoing during his first papal trip to Ireland in August.

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Sex abuse victim urges others to come forward

Sex abuse victim urges others to come forward

A victim of sexual abuse whose attacker was recently sentenced to six years in prison, has bravely waived her anonymity to urge other victims of historic crimes not to be afraid to come forward.

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No decision on memorial to abused, ten years on

No decision on memorial to abused, ten years on

A decision about how to permanently memorialise victims of institutional child abuse has still not been made by the Department of Education five years after a planning setback — and nearly a decade since it was recommended in the landmark Ryan Report.

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Child abuse survivors often left humiliated by courts process, says report

Child abuse survivors often left humiliated by courts process, says report

Adult survivors of child sexual abuse who engage in the criminal justice system are often left feeling demeaned and humiliated by the process.

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Justice Minister welcomes child abuse report

Justice Minister welcomes child abuse report

The Justice Minister is welcoming Hotline.ie's Annual Report for 2017 which shows 524 leads it investigated constituted child sexual abuse under Irish law.

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Report shows 40% rise in online child abuse

Report shows 40% rise in online child abuse

There has been a 40% jump in confirmed cases of online child sexual abuse imagery reported to the Irish internet industry.

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12 people released in investigation over alleged child sexual exploitation

12 people released in investigation over alleged child sexual exploitation

12 people who were arrested as part of a garda investigation into the alleged sexual exploitation of children have been released.

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Gardaí make 12 arrests after 32 raids in child porn investigation

Gardaí make 12 arrests after 32 raids in child porn investigation

Gardaí have revealed that they have arrested 12 people in connection with an investigation into alleged child exploitation.

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10 more sex abuse allegations made in Kilmore diocese

10 more sex abuse allegations made in Kilmore diocese

The diocese of Kilmore has received 10 new allegations of clerical sex abuse against priests, with a report praising the way in which senior Church figures responded to the issue.

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Richard Bruton fails to respond to query over abuse payouts

Richard Bruton fails to respond to query over abuse payouts

The resolution of a legal dispute over payments to victims of sex abuse in schools is being held up by a delayed response from Education Minister Richard Bruton to a retired High Court judge.

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200 new abuse victims claim on fund

200 new abuse victims claim on fund

More than 200 institutional child abuse victims sought housing, health, or other aid for the first time in the two months coming up to the final deadline for claims from the Caranua fund.

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€8.5m funding shortfall for abuse victims

€8.5m funding shortfall for abuse victims

Almost €8.5m has yet to be provided to the Caranua fund for institutional abuse survivors, which closes for applications today.

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Garda alarm as child sex dolls uncovered in searches of 31 premises for child porn

Garda alarm as child sex dolls uncovered in searches of 31 premises for child porn

Gardaí made their first-ever discovery of a number of child sex dolls during a targeted search of 31 premises for child pornography this week.

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Australian Archbishop sentenced to a year's detention for child sex abuse cover-up

Australian Archbishop sentenced to a year's detention for child sex abuse cover-up

The most senior Roman Catholic cleric in the world to be convicted of covering up child sex abuse has been sentenced in an Australian court to 12 months in detention.

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Dublin man's use of child porn was detected by Australian investigators, court hears

Dublin man's use of child porn was detected by Australian investigators, court hears

A Dublin man whose use of child pornography was detected by Australian investigators has received a suspended jail sentence.

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Catholic Church joins Australia child abuse compensation plan

Catholic Church joins Australia child abuse compensation plan

Australia's Catholic Church has committed to joining the government's redress scheme for victims of child sexual abuse.

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Kenneally abuse inquiry to start 'in the next few weeks', Minister says

Kenneally abuse inquiry to start 'in the next few weeks', Minister says

The Minister for Justice Charles Flanagan has said the Commission of Inquiry into the handling of paedophile sports coach Bill Kenneally should start “in the next few weeks”.

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Childine volunters answered 1020 calls from children on Christmas Day

Childine volunters answered 1020 calls from children on Christmas Day

Volunteers with Childline, Ireland’s 24-hour listening service for children and young people, answered 1,020 calls from children and young people across the country on Christmas Day.

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Lack of prosecutions for institutional abuse of children deemed ‘scandalous’

Lack of prosecutions for institutional abuse of children deemed ‘scandalous’

The lack of progress on prosecutions since the Ryan Report into institutional abuse of children is being deemed as 'scandalous'.

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Hundreds of boys abused at prestigious German choir school, report says

Hundreds of boys abused at prestigious German choir school, report says

At least 547 members of a prestigious Catholic boys' choir in Germany were physically or sexually abused between 1945 and 1992, according to a report.

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Dublin man dubbed by FBI as world’s ’largest facilitator of child porn’ bids to stop US extradition

Dublin man dubbed by FBI as world’s ’largest facilitator of child porn’ bids to stop US extradition

An Irish man described by the FBI as the world’s ’largest facilitator of child pornography’ is making a legal bid aimed at halting his extradition to the United States.

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Freephone line to report child sex abuse to Gardaí launched

Freephone line to report child sex abuse to Gardaí launched

A new phone line has been set up for victims of child sex abuse who want to report it to the Gardaí.

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Ireland seeks extradition of senior IRA figure in connection with child abuse allegations

Ireland seeks extradition of senior IRA figure in connection with child abuse allegations

A senior IRA figure has appeared in court in Spain on foot of an extradition request from the Irish authorities in connection with alleged child abuse.

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HSE criticised for failure to release report into alleged child abuse at foster home

HSE criticised for failure to release report into alleged child abuse at foster home

There has been stinging criticism of the HSE at this morning's Public Accounts Committee (PAC) for failing to release a report into alleged child abuse at a foster home.

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