When Harvey Casements trial ended in July, it was announced that his conviction for the rape and murder of his ex-girlfriend, Lianne Moore, would be overturned.
This was news to everyone, and a blow to many in the legal profession.
In fact, it is one of the reasons that the law is changing so quickly in Ireland.
But Casement was found not guilty, and the ruling was overturned in March 2018 by the Supreme Court of Ireland.
The verdict had been challenged in court, but the Supreme Courts decision has been widely regarded as a major victory for the victims’ legal rights.
The court ruling was upheld in April 2018, with the judges ruling that Casement should be granted bail, and allowed to return to Ireland.
He will now be sentenced on February 27, 2019, and must spend at least two years behind bars.
But as this article will show, there is more to the story.
Harvey Casings trial is not the only example of the law changing so rapidly in recent years.
In December 2018, a judge found that a new Irish law that would have allowed women to seek the legal redress of rape or sexual assault against their rapists and their family members was invalid, because it did not include enough details.
The law was introduced by the then Minister for Justice and Equality, Michael FitzGerald, in July 2018.
In October 2018, another judge, in a case that would impact the lives of many Irish women, found that the new law had no effect on rape victims.
And in November 2018, the Law Commission of Ireland, an independent body, said the law did not comply with its recommendations for more details.
So it is important that people understand that the changes we are seeing are not all about the law.
Instead, they are a result of the fact that, despite the changes, the justice system remains woefully underfunded.
This means that women, men and children remain vulnerable to being falsely accused of rape and other serious offences.
This has implications for everyone.
A significant part of this problem is the lack of information about how rape is treated in Ireland, which means that rape survivors are left to fend for themselves in many cases.
In recent years, the government has tried to improve this situation by introducing a number of measures, including: establishing a dedicated Rape Crisis Centre, to provide support to rape survivors and to ensure that people can access help; increasing the amount of time rape victims have to consult with a counsellor, before making a complaint; and increasing the number of rape crisis centres.
But the most important measure that has helped to improve the justice process is the establishment of a new judicial inquiry, headed by the independent Chief Justice of the High Court, Dr. Brian McConville.
The inquiry has been working since November 2018 to establish how and when rape victims in Ireland are able to file criminal complaints, and is set to publish its findings by February 2019.
This is a good start.
But there is much more to do.
One of the biggest problems facing the Irish justice system is that people in Ireland often don’t know how to file a criminal complaint.
Many complainants are not aware that the criminal justice system exists, and many are unaware that they can make a complaint.
For example, people who have been sexually assaulted in their home may not know that they have the right to make a criminal allegation, or that there is a statutory duty to report an assault.
There is also a culture of misinformation and denial.
The public have a general understanding of how the law works, but do not have access to the details of the judicial system.
There are many people who are unaware of their rights to make complaints about their attacker, and do not know how or where to go to make one.
These are all things that need to change.
The criminal justice process in Ireland is currently underfunded by the Government and, in many instances, it will not be able to adequately respond to these complaints.
As a result, there will be a long wait for victims to get justice.
The justice system needs to be able and willing to investigate rape complaints, as well as to make them a priority.
The current system has been an abysmal failure.
And while there is no silver bullet to address the underlying causes of this, there are many things that can be done.
These include: more awareness and education about rape and sexual assault in Ireland; better training for the police and prosecutors on how to respond to rape complaints; the establishment and funding of rape victim support centres; and, of course, the formation of an independent judicial inquiry.
There have been many other steps taken by the State to tackle the problem of rape in recent months, but they are not enough.
We have to continue to work together, and to continue making progress.
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