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One in Four Call on Minister McDowell to act immediately following Judge Laffoy's Ruling 

One in Four, the national charity which supports women and men who have experienced sexual violence, today called upon Minister for Justice, Equality & Law Reform to act immediately following Justice Laffoy's ruling that rendered Mr. A's detention unlawful following last week's Supreme Court decision.

Today, Deirdre Fitzpatrick, Advocacy Co-ordinator of One in Four expressed her utter dismay with the situation that allowed for Mr. A to walk free:

"It is unbelievable that we now find ourselves in a situation, one week after the Supreme Court ruling that found the legislation underpinning statutory rape to be unsound, where Mr. A, who pleaded guilty to the statutory rape of a twelve year old girl now walks free. This suggests that the 54 cases of statutory rape that have been before the courts since 2000 may also be nullified.

This is an alarming and disturbing situation to find ourselves in, where a week has passed and Government, knowing the legislation to be unsound, has not acted to prevent this."

Reacting to comments made by  Minister McDowell today, Ms Fitzpatrick said;

"Equally alarming are Minister Mc Dowell's comments regarding the safety of our children, today he  stated that legislation exists to prosecute anybody who currently commits this offence. However, the Minister must consider the child protection implications that exist should any of the 54 men currently in custody have their convictions nullified and be released as has happened in the case of Mr A'"

 
 

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