Organiser of Paddy Jackson protest in Cork defends event

Organiser of Paddy Jackson protest in Cork defends event

Linda Hayden, founder of Action Against Sexual Violence Ireland, said that sportspeople need to be held to a “higher moral compass” since young people regard them as heroes.

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Diageo pulls sponsorship as London Irish signs Paddy Jackson

Diageo pulls sponsorship as London Irish signs Paddy Jackson

London Irish Rugby club’s decision to recruit Paddy Jackson has cost the club a near 30-year relationship with drinks giant Diageo which had been one of its main sponsors.

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Rugby players fail to recoup legal costs after rape trial acquittal

Rugby players fail to recoup legal costs after rape trial acquittal

A judge has dismissed Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding’s applications that prosecutors should pay their sizeable defence bills.

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Man convicted for naming ‘rape’ complainant on social media

Man convicted for naming ‘rape’ complainant on social media

The woman had made allegations against rugby players Stuart Olding and Paddy Jackson who were both cleared by a court.

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Court hears Stuart Olding offered no evidence of financial hardship in legal costs bid

Court hears Stuart Olding offered no evidence of financial hardship in legal costs bid

Stuart Olding wants the Northern Ireland Public Prosecution Service to pay his legal bill for the rape trial.

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Stuart Olding says 'ineptitude' by NI's Prosecution Service cost him chance to play rugby in Ireland

Stuart Olding says 'ineptitude' by NI's Prosecution Service cost him chance to play rugby in Ireland

Stuart Olding was unanimously found not guilty in March of raping a woman at a house party in June 2016.

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Belfast rugby rape trial ‘helped public better understand court process’

Belfast rugby rape trial ‘helped public better understand court process’

Ulster rugby players Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding were cleared of rape in March.

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Bill for rugby rape trial exceeds £500k (€562k)

Bill for rugby rape trial exceeds £500k (€562k)

The bill for the high profile Ulster rugby rape trial has topped half a million pounds (€562k).

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Fans ‘Stand Up’ for Jackson as he debuts for Perpignan

Fans ‘Stand Up’ for Jackson as he debuts for Perpignan

Paddy Jackson was given a warm welcome at Stade Aime Giral last night when he made his debut for Perpignan in a pre-season clash with Toulouse.

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Review underway to make rape trial system fairer for victims

Review underway to make rape trial system fairer for victims

A review is underway to make the rape trial system fairer for victims.

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Belfast Crown Court to hear Paddy Jackson's attempt to recover legal costs

Belfast Crown Court to hear Paddy Jackson's attempt to recover legal costs

Belfast Crown Court will today hear Paddy Jackson’s attempt to recover his legal costs arising from his nine-week rape trial.

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Sponsors talked to Sale Sharks over Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding signing rumours

Sponsors talked to Sale Sharks over Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding signing rumours

A sponsor has confirmed that they contacted Sale Sharks to 'discuss the uncertainty' surrounding speculation that the club may sign Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding.

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Sale Sharks say there is 'no substance' to reports of Jackson and Olding signing

Sale Sharks say there is 'no substance' to reports of Jackson and Olding signing

Latest: Sale have announced there is "no substance" to reports they are interested in signing former Ulster players Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding.

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Sexual violence victims traumatised by rugby rape trial reporting, says support group

Sexual violence victims traumatised by rugby rape trial reporting, says support group

Some victims of sexual violence were traumatised by reporting of the recent rugby rape trial, the chief executive of Nexus NI said.

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Support group gets 14 referrals a day after Belfast trial

Support group gets 14 referrals a day after Belfast trial

A support organisation saw 14 new referrals a day after the Belfast rugby rape trial.

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Ulster Rugby criticised for banning news reporters at pre-match press confrences

Ulster Rugby criticised for banning news reporters at pre-match press confrences

Ulster Rugby's ban on news reporters attending pre-match press conferences following the sacking of two rape-acquitted stars has been criticised as an "unacceptable attempt to control media coverage".

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Retired judge to lead review into how sex offence cases are dealt with in Northern Ireland

Retired judge to lead review into how sex offence cases are dealt with in Northern Ireland

A retired judge will lead an independent review into how cases of serious sexual offences are dealt with in Northern Ireland.

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Ulster Rugby maintains ban on news reporters at press conference

Ulster Rugby maintains ban on news reporters at press conference

Ulster Rugby is maintaining a ban on news reporters attending pre-match press conferences following the sacking of rape acquitted stars Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding.

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Ulster Rugby clarifies decision to ban news reporters from team press conference

Ulster Rugby clarifies decision to ban news reporters from team press conference

Ulster Rugby has moved to clarify events around its decision to bar news reporters from the first team press conference since the sacking of rape acquitted stars Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding.

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Northern Ireland Justice Department to review handling of sexual offences

Northern Ireland Justice Department to review handling of sexual offences

Northern Ireland's Justice Department is expected to launch a review of how serious sexual offences are addressed.

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Rape and serious sexual assault cases in Northern Ireland should be reviewed, says Olding's solicitor

Rape and serious sexual assault cases in Northern Ireland should be reviewed, says Olding's solicitor

Stuart Olding's defence solicitor says all rape and serious sexual assault cases in Northern Ireland should now be reviewed.

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Brian O'Driscoll: IRFU had 'no option but to sever ties' with Stuart Olding and Paddy Jackson

Brian O'Driscoll: IRFU had 'no option but to sever ties' with Stuart Olding and Paddy Jackson

Brian O'Driscoll says the IRFU had no option but to part company with Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding.

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Sponsors’ influence: Second chances

Sponsors’ influence: Second chances

For many years there has been a concern that industry, through the research grants offered to universities, unduly influences those institutions.

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Rugby and misogyny - Players must live up to their responsibilities

Rugby and misogyny - Players must live up to their responsibilities

THE joint decision by the IRFU and Ulster Rugby to cancel the contracts of Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding was hardly a surprise, even to the two players themselves.

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Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding 'deeply disappointed' after IRFU 'revoke' rugby contracts

Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding 'deeply disappointed' after IRFU 'revoke' rugby contracts

The IRFU and Ulster Rugby have "revoked" the contracts of Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding with immediate effect.

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Ulster rugby expected to announce Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding's departure

Ulster rugby expected to announce Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding's departure

Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding's departure from Ulster Rugby is expected to be announced imminently.

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Belfast Feminist Network stage protest outside Ulster Rugby stadium

Belfast Feminist Network stage protest outside Ulster Rugby stadium

Around 250 people have staged a protest outside Ulster Rugby's stadium this evening ahead of the team's first home game since two players were acquitted of rape.

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Paddy Jackson seeking to recover legal costs from rape trial

Paddy Jackson seeking to recover legal costs from rape trial

Ireland rugby player Paddy Jackson is attempting to recover legal costs from his rape trial, it has emerged.

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Ulster sponsor Bank of Ireland 'highly concerned by serious behaviour and conduct issues'

Ulster sponsor Bank of Ireland 'highly concerned by serious behaviour and conduct issues'

Ulster Rugby sponsor Bank of Ireland are "highly concerned" by the issues raised by the high-profile rape trial, which saw two players, Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding, acquitted of all charges.

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Ulster rape trial restrictions lifted; Blood stain airbrushed from photo of bed

Ulster rape trial restrictions lifted; Blood stain airbrushed from photo of bed

Reporting restrictions surrounding the rape trial of two Ireland rugby internationals have been lifted.

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Willie John McBride on Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding: It's time they were back playing rugby

Willie John McBride on Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding: It's time they were back playing rugby

Latest: 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".

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Aodhan O'Riordain apologises for Belfast rape trial tweet

Aodhan O'Riordain apologises for Belfast rape trial tweet

Labour Senator Aodhan O'Riordain has apologised for comments he made about the Belfast rape trial.

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Hearing on whether Belfast rape trial reporting restrictions should be lifted to be heard today

Hearing on whether Belfast rape trial reporting restrictions should be lifted to be heard today

A hearing is due to be heard today on whether reporting restrictions relating to Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding’s rape trial should be lifted.

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Here's Paddy Jackson's full statement as he apologises for 'betraying family values'

Here's Paddy Jackson's full statement as he apologises for 'betraying family values'

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.

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Judge to consider challenge to rape trial reporting restrictions

Judge to consider challenge to rape trial reporting restrictions

A legal challenge to overturn reporting restrictions on the rape trial of two Ireland rugby internationals will go before a judge next week.

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Dublin Rape Crisis Centre calls for complainants to be given legal representation

Dublin Rape Crisis Centre calls for complainants to be given legal representation

The Dublin Rape Crisis Centre has said that giving rape complainants access to their own legal representation needs to be part of a wider overhaul of the system.

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Craig Gilroy apologises for WhatsApp message sent to Stuart Olding

Craig Gilroy apologises for WhatsApp message sent to Stuart Olding

An Ireland and Ulster rugby star has apologised unreservedly for sending a sexually explicit message to a teammate following an incident that would later see the fellow player charged with rape.

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Footballer apologises for rape trial tweet

Footballer apologises for rape trial tweet

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.

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Rugby rape trial has been difficult, says Ulster coach Jono Gibbes

Rugby rape trial has been difficult, says Ulster coach Jono Gibbes

Ulster coach Jono Gibbes' whose players were cleared of rape following a high-profile trial said it had been a difficult time.

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Justice Minister orders review into handling of sexual assault cases; SF hits out at plaintiff's 'appalling' treatment

Justice Minister orders review into handling of sexual assault cases; SF hits out at plaintiff's 'appalling' treatment

The Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan is to review legal protection offered to complainants in sexual assault cases.

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'The matter is now in the hands of my solicitors' - Aodhán Ó Ríordáin on Belfast rape trial tweet

'The matter is now in the hands of my solicitors' - Aodhán Ó Ríordáin on Belfast rape trial tweet

Aodhán Ó Ríordáin says his solicitors are dealing with a pending legal action arising from a tweet he posted about the Belfast rape trial verdict.

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Thousands show solidarity with rape victims at rallies across the country

Thousands show solidarity with rape victims at rallies across the country

Thousands of people have attended rallies to demonstrate following the outcome of a rape trial.

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March planned to support rape victims in Dublin today

March planned to support rape victims in Dublin today

Another march will take place today to support people who've reported rapes and to seek improvements in how they are treated in the courts system.

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Myths and misconceptions that harm fight for justice

Myths and misconceptions that harm fight for justice

Many male and female victims of sexual assault watched the trial in Belfast like it was their own, writes Joyce Fegan

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Justice and democracy at risk - Dangers in a world that has moved online

Justice and democracy at risk - Dangers in a world that has moved online

THAT the internet age has disrupted, to put it politely, traditional economic activities such as retail, clerical work, and publishing is well known, as are the adverse consequences for employment and prosperity.

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Jackson suing Senator Aodhan O'Riordain for defamation over post-trial tweet

Jackson suing Senator Aodhan O'Riordain for defamation over post-trial tweet

Lawyers for Ulster rugby star Paddy Jackson have launched a defamation action against a senator for social media comments he posted after the acquittal.

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'I’m in big trouble', says juror as PSNI investigates their online comments on Belfast rape trial

'I’m in big trouble', says juror as PSNI investigates their online comments on Belfast rape trial

Police in the North are investigating online comments by one of the jurors in the Belfast rape trial.

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PSNI question two in connection with naming of Belfast rape trial complainant online

PSNI question two in connection with naming of Belfast rape trial complainant online

The PSNI have questioned two people for allegedly revealing the identity of the complainant in the Belfast rape trial online.

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Ulster rape trial: Stuart Olding's solicitor says his client 'absolutely' hopes to return to rugby field

Ulster rape trial: Stuart Olding's solicitor says his client 'absolutely' hopes to return to rugby field

Latest: An Tánaiste Simon Coveney says a "chill factor" has been introduced to the debate on sexual crime following the Belfast rape trial.

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#IBelieveHer rallies taking place nationwide in aftermath of Belfast rape trial

#IBelieveHer rallies taking place nationwide in aftermath of Belfast rape trial

Crowds have gathered in cities all over Ireland in support of rape victims.

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Dublin Rape Crisis Centre: Belfast trial 'opened up widening debate on meaning of rape'

Dublin Rape Crisis Centre: Belfast trial 'opened up widening debate on meaning of rape'

With consent the major issue in the Belfast rape trial, Dublin Rape Crisis Centre has underlined its concern about the way in which trials for sexual violence are conducted.

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Latest: PSNI to investigate naming of Belfast rape trial complainant on social media

Latest: PSNI to investigate naming of Belfast rape trial complainant on social media

Latest: Detective Chief Superintendent Paula Hillman has said the complainant in the trial of Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding was illegally named by some people online.

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What prosecution has to prove in rugby players' rape trial

What prosecution has to prove in rugby players' rape trial

Here is a breakdown of what the prosecution has to prove in respect of each count on the indictment in the trial of Paddy Jackson, Stuart Olding, Blane McIlroy and Rory Harris

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Judge warns rugby rape trial jurors they 'must be firmly convinced or sure of guilt' to convict

Judge warns rugby rape trial jurors they 'must be firmly convinced or sure of guilt' to convict

Latest: Emotion and prejudice have no part to play in deciding whether two Irish rugby internationals are guilty of rape, jurors at their trial have been told.

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Judge in Belfast rugby rape trial due to begin legal directions to jury

Judge in Belfast rugby rape trial due to begin legal directions to jury

The judge in the Belfast rape trial is due to begin her legal directions to the jury today.

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'Rory Harrison is not a weasel,' says barrister in closing speech of rugby rape trial

'Rory Harrison is not a weasel,' says barrister in closing speech of rugby rape trial

The barrister for Rory Harrison, Gavan Duffy, has finished his closing speech in the trial of two Irish rugby players accused of raping the same woman in June 2016.

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Latest: Woman in rugby rape allegations 'lied to save face'

Latest: Woman in rugby rape allegations 'lied to save face'

Update 6.02pm: A woman allegedly raped by two rugby stars lied to save face, a jury has been told.

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Paddy Jackson's life blighted for 20 months by rape claims, lawyer says

Paddy Jackson's life blighted for 20 months by rape claims, lawyer says

The defence lawyer for rugby player Paddy Jackson has continued his summing up of the case for the jury at Belfast Crown Court today.

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