Press Releases

More Clarification Needed

The Dublin Rape Crisis Centre (DRCC) broadly welcomes the launch of the National Women’s Strategy 2007-2016 by Minister for State Frank Fahey. At the launch Minister Fahey announced the establishment of a new Office to prevent domestic violence. This is to be a new Executive Office to provide enhanced co-ordination and leadership to address the problem of domestic violence and violence against women and is to be called Cosc- Irish Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence.

Wednesday, April 18th, 2007

We still have large numbers of silenced adult children who were sexually abused. Will anyone say sorry to them?

The Dublin Rape Crisis Centre (DRCC) would like to congratulate all who were involved in the making of the Prime Time Special and the Flesh and Blood programmes that were shown on RTE 1 last night, March 22nd. The foresight and sensitivity of the programme makers, and the courage of the participants are to be commended.

Friday, March 23rd, 2007

Victims Further Traumatised by Outmoded Justice System

The Dublin Rape Crisis Centre (DRCC) expressed grave concern regarding the suspended sentence in the Mary Shannon case. The DRCC calls, yet again, for guidelines for judges, in sentencing in cases of rape and sexual assault.

Friday, March 16th, 2007

Another rushed solution. Is this wise?

The Dublin Rape Crisis Centre (DRCC) welcomes the new legislation to close the loophole in the child protection law. However it is wary of the once again ‘rushed nature’ of the emergency legislation.

Wednesday, March 7th, 2007

Broken Promises

The Dublin Rape Crisis Centre (DRCC) is extremely concerned by the manner in which the release of Derry O’Rourke, the swimming coach who was convicted of child sexual abuse, is being handled. The victims were not informed of his imminent release.

Monday, February 26th, 2007

A Referendum and General Election on the same day

The Dublin Rape Crisis Centre (DRCC) is very concerned that the proposed referendum will be lost if it is not debated now and put to the people as soon as possible. Children have been left more vulnerable as a result of the rushed sexual offences act 2006. This has to be redressed.

Monday, February 26th, 2007

NO Exceptions NO Loopholes NO Excuses

The Dublin Rape Crisis Centre (DRCC) broadly welcomes the proposals put forward today at the launch of the 28th Amendment to the Constitution Bill 2007 by The Taoiseach Mr. Ahern, The Tanaiste Mr. McDowell and The Minister for Children Mr. Lenihan today.

Monday, February 19th, 2007

Child Pornography Means Depictions of Children being Abused

The Dublin Rape Crisis Centre (DRCC) was shocked to hear that the Gardai did not act on information they had received last August from Austrian authorities about two computer owners in Ireland who were linked to a ‘child-porn ring’.

Friday, February 9th, 2007

Intervention is the key to Prevention in Domestic Violence and Sexual Abuse

The Department of Justice Equality and Law Reform had the foresight to fund the pilot three year project of the National Domestic Violence Intervention Agency (NDVIA). Despite an independent evaluation of the work of the NDVIA and recommendations that it continue its good work, the funding has now run out.

Wednesday, January 31st, 2007

The Proposed Referendum on Children’s Rights and Child Protection

A joint representation of the Rape Crisis Network Ireland (RCNI) and the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre (DRCC) met with the Minister for Children, Mr. Brian Lenihan, T.D. and his advisors. DRCC and RCNI were among the groups who made submissions to the Joint Committee on Child Protection.

Thursday, January 25th, 2007