Reports of serious crime must be taken seriously
Confirmation that gardaí have begun a criminial investigation into allegations of child sexual abuse by a former government minister have sent shockwaves through the Oireachtas and beyond.
Sadly, we know only too well that the scourge of sexual violence respects no boundaries or borders. The former minister, who has not yet been interviewed by gardaí, is entitled - as we all are - to his constitutionally protected presumption of innocence.
It is vital for all parties that due process takes its course.