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Provides a listing of articles on restorative justice developments in Ireland. Articles appear in the order in which they were added to the site with the most recent appearing first.

Restorative justice may provide additional justice mechanism for victims of sexual crime, study shows
from the article on According to the findings of a recently published study, restorative justice could provide an additional justice mechanism for victims of sexual crime which can support the needs of victims, offenders, and their families, in the aftermath of sexual crime in Ireland. The study entitled "Sexual Trauma and Abuse, Restorative and Transformative Possibilities?" based on 149 interviews with victims, offenders, judges and others, and a review of the global literature found that "all cohorts of participants are in favour of restorative justice in sexual violence cases as an additional justice mechanism for victims of sexual crime, as all participants recognise the considerable gaps that exist in current justice provision for victims of sexual crime in this state"....
Offenders' testimonies difficult to absorb - but they offer critical insights
from the article by Dearbhail McDonald in the Independent: The voice of the victims who spoke to the UCD-led research study into restorative justice was harrowing. But it was fascinating to listen to the voices, one that is rarely heard, of sexual offenders themselves. Some 23 offenders, including several jailed for life for grave sexual crimes, spoke of their experience of their crimes, the criminal justice system and the impact of their offending on their victims and their own families.
Victims of sexual crime may confront their attacker
from the article by Deaerbhail McDonald in Independent: Victims of sexual crime who want to confront their perpetrators should be supported by the State in doing so, according to a new study on sexual abuse and restorative justice. Restorative justice, which deals with victims and offenders by focusing on the harm arising from crime and resolving the underlying problems which caused it, has previously been ruled out for cases of sexual assault.
Success of sex abuse treatment highlighted
from the article by Cormac O'Keeffe in Irish Examiner: Only four out of 114 sex offenders who underwent treatment at a specialist abuse organisation have re-offended.... Maeve Lewis, executive director, said the voluntary- body was one of only two community-based sex offender programmes in the country. She said there should be one in “every single county”, as long as they were run by appropriately skilled and qualified staff. Speaking at the launch of the body’s 2013 annual report, Ms Lewis said restorative justice programmes — involving both offender and victim — offered a possible way forward.
Restorative justice scheme for former Magdalen residents announced
From the announcement on Merrion, Irish Government news service: Minister Shatter and Minister Lynch today (Wednesday 26 June, 2013) announced a scheme of payments for women who were admitted to and worked in the Magdalen Laundries, St Mary’s Training Centre Stanhope Street and House of Mercy Training School, Summerhill, Wexford. This follows the publication of the report by Justice Quirke, President of the Law Reform Commission, on the establishment of an ex-gratia scheme and supports for the women affected. Speaking on the publication of the Quirke Report today, the Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence, Alan Shatter, TD, said, “For the former residents of the Magdalen Laundries; St Mary’s Training Centre Stanhope Street and House of Mercy Training School, Summerhill, Wexford, today is a profoundly important day. They have given so much of their time, their energy, their courage, and their vision of human dignity to make this day come true. Today is about justice.”
Call for more restorative justice plans
from the article by Fiona Gartland in the Irish Times: A restorative programme to help develop conflict resolution skills in west Tallaght in Dublin should be rolled out to all schools in Ireland, former governor of Mountjoy Prison John Lonergan has said. At the launch of a report evaluating the Restorative Practice Programme of the Childhood Development Initiative, Mr Lonergan said inter-community relationships “are at the very heart of the quality of life that people have”.
How this program helps me to heal.
  I have been part of a victims panel for quite some time now in this program. I can't tell you how impressed I am with [...]
Prison experiences of self forgiveness
from the paper presented by Fergus Hogan and Jonathan Culleton at Experiencing Prison: Crime challenges communities; criminal activity is an assault on civic society – individuals who break the law are deemed to have stepped outside of society. Yet prison as a response to crime can also be read as an assault on community; often those imprisoned were never fully integrated into society.
Judge hits out at 'this kind of crap' as teen convicted of delivery man robbery
from the article in the Irish Examiner: A judge has told a Tallaght teenager who stole a Chinese takeaway that “this kind of crap” puts delivery men off doing their jobs. “On the face of it to some this may seem a minor crime, property to the value of €18,” Judge Mary Ellen Ring told 19-year-old Daniel Wall, “but this delivery man, Mr Yang Yu, provides an excellent service, bringing food to people’s doors.” “The kind of crap you engaged in puts people like Mr Yu off doing their work, they stop delivering and lose their business,” Judge Ring said as Wall nodded in agreement.
magdalenes sisters
i have spent over 30 years ,never been able to forget what i went through in covent in cork ,i cant bear to look at [...]
good news
Great news! Now when is it coming to the Federal system in the US?
Ahern to expand restorative justice scheme
from Niamh Connolly's arricle in The Post: The government has given the green light to expanding a restorative justice pilot scheme to the criminal courts. Minister for Justice Dermot Ahern approved a memo to cabinet before Christmas to allow for an expansion of the Tallaght-based Restorative Justice Service to the Criminal Courts of Justice. It also allows the Nenagh Community Reparation project to be expanded to Limerick and Tipperary.
From Prof Jim Smith
Thank you for posting the recent media coverage of the Justice for Magdalenes (JFM) campaign--"Brady encourages Magdalene survivors ...." I am a member of the [...]
State in denial over Magdalenes
from James M. Smith's letter in Last Friday week I attended a meeting with senior Department of Justice officials. I had been invited as a representative of the survivor advocacy group, Justice for Magdalenes (JFM). We are campaigning to bring about an apology and a distinct redress scheme for these survivors of institutional abuse. An apology, I contend, is key in effecting restorative justice for this community of women. To date, no one in Ireland has apologised for abuses in the laundries – not church, not State, not families, not the wider community. All these segments of society were complicit in this historic abuse but no one is prepared to stand up and say, “I am sorry”. No one is prepared to admit that what happened to these women and young girls was wrong.
Brady encourages Magdalene survivors in talks with church
from Genevieve Carbery and Patsy McGarry's entries in Primate of All-Ireland Cardinal Seán Brady has encouraged Magdalene survivors in their efforts to establish dialogue with religious congregations. The cardinal met representatives of advocacy group Justice for Magdalenes (JFM) for two hours at his residence in Armagh on Thursday evening. He said yesterday it was a welcome opportunity to listen to the perspective of the JFM on “the story of the involvement of church, State and society in the former Magdalene laundries”. “By today’s standards much of what happened at that time is difficult to comprehend,” he said.
clergy abuse
Lisa, Your suggestion is quite valid. But as a recovering Catholic, I can offer little hope that the Catholic hierarchy would even consider it. Since [...]
clergy abuse scandal in Europe & restorative justice
Thank you, Dan, for posting this story. As hard as it is for the public to keep reading news accounts like this one we must [...]
Smyth victim in Brady resign call
from the article on BBC News: A victim of serial abuser Fr Brendan Smyth has called on the head of the Catholic Church in Ireland to resign. Cardinal Sean Brady has admitted he was at meetings in 1975 where two abused children signed vows of silence over their complaints against Fr Smyth. On Monday, a victim of Fr Smyth called Samantha told the BBC the church needed to "root out the rot and start from the top". "This is not a witch hunt, this is about what is right," she added.
Griffin on the final report of the National Commission on Restorative Justice
from Human Rights in Ireland: The National Commission on Restorative Justice published its final report in December 2009. The Commission, announced in March 2007, was set up to examine the wider application of restorative justice within the criminal justice system. The Commission was established following the report of the Joint Committee on Justice, Equality, Defence and Women’s Rights which recommended the development of a restorative justice programme for adult offenders in the Irish criminal justice system.
Restorative justice could cut 'reoffending and save €8.3m'
by Jamie Smyth in The government should introduce a restorative justice scheme by 2015 that is capable of handling up to 7,250 criminal cases every year, a new report has commended. The scheme, which typically allows offenders to provide some form of reparation to victims rather than serve time in prison, could save the exchequer up to €8.3 million per year. It could also cut reoffending rates in half, according to the report to be published [17 Dec] by Minister for Justice Dermot Ahern. Compiled by the National Commission on Restorative Justice, it recommends that courts be required to consider restorative justice as an alternative to prison for offences where sentences of up to three years in jail are normal.

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