TAOISEACH Enda Kenny has paid tribute to the courage of Fiona Doyle, insisting the appeal in the case would be dealt with urgently.
Mr Kenny said he admired Ms Doyle and hoped other victims would come forward.
"This case has filled the nation with revulsion," he said.
Mr Kenny said he believed the Court of Criminal Appeal will deal with the case referred to it as a priority.
The question of mandatory sentencing for rapists was a "matter for Government to reflect upon", he said.