Sunday 21 January 2018

Rape defendants' anonymity is not in the public interest

Colette Brown

The anonymity afforded to those accused of rape in Ireland is not in the public interest and the policy should be reviewed.

Yesterday, publicist Max Clifford was sentenced to eight years in prison in the UK for a string of sexual assaults dating from 30 years ago.

His was the first conviction from Operation Yewtree, the investigation prompted by abuse claims made against Jimmy Savile.

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