Ian Bailey's life sentence

I spoke to Ian Bailey last week ahead of the launch of his poetry collection at Electric Picnic. I've thought a lot about Ian Bailey over the past couple of years - his various legal cases hit the news regularly - and I've wondered, as I'm sure everyone has, what the hell the truth is. We'll [...]

Law and order in Lagan Grove

Over the past few months, we've had a number of calls from locals in the Lagan Grove area of Mayfield about problems in the estate, which is owned and run by Cork City Council. So far, two houses have been vacated due to ongoing anti-social behaviour by a small group - some say this [...]

Rape figures are up – but could that be good news?

The latest crime figures from the CSO have shown a marked rise in recorded rapes and sexual assaults. In 2015, 536 rapes were reported throughout the State. That’s an increase of just over 12pc on 2014. The number of sexual assaults went up by 15pc in the same period, with a shocking 2,361 offences reported throughout [...]

When is stealing, stealing?

Picture the scene. A girls' boarding school, circa 1996. A large number of tweens from the local primary school in costume, pacing the floor as they rehearse their speech and drama for the big exam. A locker open. A tantalising glimpse of a bag of mini Toffee Crisps, spilling over. SONY DSC Speech and [...]

A terrible way to die

News broke late yesterday of an Aer Lingus flight from Lisbon to Dublin being grounded in Cork due to an incident on board. This morning, PJ spoke to John Leonard, who was a passenger on the flight. John spoke eloquently of the fear and terror of the young man who died in such a horrible way [...]

2018-12-01T09:55:45+00:00 October 19th, 2015|Categories: Opinion|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Marital rape… once in 20 years? #listenback

https://soundcloud.com/opinionline96/i-woke-up-to-find-my-husband-raping-me Earlier this week a really brave lady came forward to tell her story of marital rape on the Opinion Line. Her description of what happened to her is absolutely chilling, but it's what failed to happen afterwards that really struck me. Despite her reporting what happened to the Gardaí, and despite her husband's abuse [...]

2018-12-01T09:56:06+00:00 July 23rd, 2015|Categories: Opinion|Tags: , , , , , , |

Enough is enough, we need mandatory rape sentences now

Imagine a life sentence of disturbed sleep. Imagine being sentenced to never trusting another person. A life of solitary confinement with your trauma. That's the sentence Magnus Meyer Hustveit condemned Niamh Nic Dhomhnaill to when he raped her repeatedly in the bed they shared, while she was asleep. Hustveit will not have to worry about being [...]

2018-12-01T09:56:06+00:00 July 22nd, 2015|Categories: Opinion|Tags: , , , , , , |

Facing your father's killers #listenback

Stephanie Hogan rang the Opinion Line today to talk about the desecration of her murdered father's grave. Her father Packie was murdered a number of years ago in a feud in Blarney, a small town in which she now regularly runs into his killer's family members in the shop. Michael Collins was convicted of Packie's murder [...]

2018-12-01T09:56:07+00:00 July 20th, 2015|Categories: Opinion|Tags: , , , , , , |

Cosy consensus leaves whistleblowers out in the cold

You never know when you've got a national scandal on your hands until it's blown up completely. Someone should have warned Alan Shatter about this about a year ago, round about the time he stood up in the Dáil and repeated an allegation about Deputy Mick Wallace that he'd heard from the Garda Commissioner as if [...]

2018-12-01T09:57:16+00:00 February 20th, 2014|Categories: Opinion|Tags: , , , , , |

Speak no evil; how victims of sexual abuse are treated once they report

Victims of sexual abuse are encouraged to report the crimes against them - but when they do, they can often find themselves isolated from family and friends, with little support from the authorities and the legal system that are supposed to help them. ..... In the past 20 years, Irish society has undergone a sea-change in [...]