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# child sexual abuse

September 2023
Bill Kenneally: How a TD, a priest and gardaí handled Waterford child abuse complaints
The Commission of Investigation concluded its first public hearings this week with new light thrown on the case.
'Missed opportunities' by gardaí in 1980s to apprehend sex offender - child protection expert
The commission of investigation into an alleged cover-up heard that there was a ‘missed opportunity’ to apprehend the sex offender at an earlier date.
Senior garda tells inquiry that sex offender abused at least 29 people
Chief Superintendent Anthony Petitt alleged there may be more victims who have not come forward.
'I found it a very strange policing attitude, when he had info that... 3 boys had been abused'
A report by
Eoghan Dalton
An inquiry into the alleged cover-up of child sex abuse finally opened to the public this week – this is what happened.
Basketball Ireland says it received 'no allegations' about Bill Kenneally prior to 2013 report
“Nobody put their hand up and told Basketball Ireland” about Kenneally’s abuse of children, a former commissioner for the sports body told an inquiry today.
Inquiry hears monsignor made phone call to ex-Fianna Fáil TD to 'suppress' abuse accusations
The Commission of Investigation examining allegations of a cover up in the Bill Keneally case held its first public hearing today.
Inquiry into alleged collusion in Bill Kenneally case to take place in public for first time
Since 2019, the inquiry has been examining allegations that the sex offender was prevented from being arrested and charged at a much earlier stage.
This year
Tusla didn't contact man over child abuse claim for 8 years as 'no worker was available'
Fourteen men came forward this week to allege they were abused by a now deceased teacher and guidance counsellor at the school.
Last year
Remorseless ‘persistent child sex abuser' who offended over almost three decades is jailed for 13 years
The 71-year-old man first sexually abused his own daughter, then a babysitter and finally his stepdaughter, between 1979 and 2007.
Swimming coach charged with sexual exploitation of children and making child abuse images
Matthew Coward faces three counts of sexual exploitation of three girls and seven charges for the production of child sexual abuse images.
EU Commission plans to force web firms to combat child sex abuse images
The plan calls for a European centre to combat child sexual abuse, based in The Hague and working with police agency Europol.
Man jailed for nine months for sexually abusing three children while they slept in their beds
Iosach O Riain (62) pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a young girl in her family home in Dublin.
All time
Father of girl raped by teenage cousin criticises 'chronic' underfunding of child sexual abuse services
The girl’s father was speaking at the sentencing of his 16 year-old nephew.
Gardaí cut backlog of child sex abuse case analysis in half, but long delays remain
At one stage, it could take five years before gardaí would get to a case because of the volume of material for analysis.
79% of child sexual abuse images featured children under 12
There was an “unprecedented increase” in disguised websites solely dedicated to distribute child sexual abuse imagery.
'Truly dreadful': Dublin man (20) jailed for possession of graphic child abuse images
Over 5,000 images and 328 videos were found on the man’s computer during a Garda raid of his Dublin home.
Woman's rape claims against father and brother were 'shelved' by gardaí for 11 years
Alleged victim claims she was told gardai ‘forgot’ to send file to DPP.
Former youth worker who pretended child pornography images were of him gets suspended sentence
He pretended to be a 15-year-old boy online and shared the images pretending them were of himself.
'A living hell' - abuse inquiry hears of thousands of lone children shipped abroad by British government
An estimated 5,000 to 6,000 children from institutions and poor families were shipped to Australia from 1922 to 1967.
"Devious and calculating predatory paedophile" gets 17-year sentence for rape of boy
Paul Blaikie, 38, had five years added to his jail term for being a “dangerous and manipulative individual” who poses a risk to children.
Upscale New York dentist accused of having child pornography and meth, bragging about bestiality
Dr John Wolf was also allegedly recorded saying he deliberately tries to infect sexual partners with HIV.
US Secret Service officer accused of sexting girl he thought was 14, while on duty in the White House
Robert Lee Moore sent a series of explicit and graphic messages and photos to two undercover federal agents.
Man jailed for 139 years for extorting child pornography from hundreds of boys
Patrick Killen would “beg, bribe and cajole the unsuspecting boys to send him sexually explicit pictures,” then share them with others online.
'Evil beyond understanding' - British men jailed for live-streaming rape of young children
“Their callousness beggars belief,” said one investigator.
Chile to deport paedophile Irish priest convicted of abusing young girl
The priest repeatedly molested the girl from the time she was five.
Man who raped and abused daughter for six years up to Junior Cert pleads guilty
He will face sentencing for crimes committed over 30 years ago
Violent sex offender jailed over the 'most horrendous abuse' of three girls
His offences took place between 1996 and 2002 and were described today as some of the most serious investigated by the Public Prosecution Branch.
Police warn parents after 41 arrested in global child sexual abuse probe
Canadian police said the case spanned 17 countries.
Prosecutors examine new set of sex abuse allegations against Rolf Harris
The 85-year-old is already serving a five year jail term for sexually assaulting several girls.
IRA abuse claims show – once again – how the institution is always placed before the victim
There are parallels between Sinn Féin’s reaction to allegations by Paudie McGahon and Maíria Cahill and the Catholic Church’s pursuit of its own institutional safety.
TV weatherman Fred Talbot sentenced to five years in prison for sexually abusing boys
Police said he plied the boys with alcohol on school trips when he was a teacher.
Suspended sentence for man who raped wife's teenage sister 'too lenient'
The man raped his teenage sister-in-law while she was babysitting.
UK police: We believe witness who says an MP murdered a boy during an "abuse party"
Police say it is “credible” that members of a ‘VIP paedophile ring’ murdered three boys between 1975 and 1984.
Catholic Church body in Australia links celibacy to abuse
It has recommended that clergy be given “psychosexual” training.
Calls for new law to 'call child pornography what it is' - child abuse
“It’s time to get tough with these people.”
Gardaí given names of 'more than 30 IRA abusers'
Frances Fitzgerald said a cross-border inquiry was being considered.
Opinion: Without meaningful action, apologies to child abuse survivors are just words
Ten months on from the European Court of Human Rights’ judgement in favour of Louise O’Keeffe, nothing had been forthcoming from the State for survivors.
Enda Kenny: Gerry Adams must tell us where child abusers were moved
The Taoiseach said the Sinn Féin leader was “somebody who knows quite a lot about the IRA movement.”
Opinion: Are we continuing to avert our eyes from sexual abuse?
Despite our moral outage to reports of abuse, one in five women and one in six men still experience some level of sexual abuse during childhood.
Australian man first to be convicted for webcam sex acts with fake girl
He did some horrendous things with what he thought was a nine-year-old girl.