23rd May 2022
[L-R, T-B: Brendan Sheehy (Department of Justice), Mary Carolan (The Irish Times), Saoirse Brady (IPRT), ISL Interpreter, Noeline Blackwell (DRCC), Julie Ahern (CRA) and Judge John O'Connor. Photo: Webinar recording, DRCC Youtube.]
Dublin Rape Crisis Centre (DRCC) and the Children’s Rights Alliance (CRA) hosted a webinar on ‘The Judicial Discretion and the Justice & Welfare Dichotomy: The Sentencing of Child & Adolescent Sexual Offences in the Irish Youth Justice System’ on 23 May 2022. The keynote address was given by Judge John O’Connor, who recently completed his doctorate on the sentencing of underage sexual offenders.
IPRT Executive Director Saoirse Brady was a panel respondent at the webinar, alongside Brendan Sheehy (Department of Justice), Julie Ahern (CRA) and Noeline Blackwell (DRCC). The panel was chaired by Mary Carolan (Legal Affairs Correspondent, The Irish Times).
Saoirse’s comments focused on:
A recording of the webinar is available on the DRCC YouTube. Saoirse’s comments commence at 1:06:33 – click here to jump to this timecode.
Judge O’Connor’s thesis The sentencing of child and adolescent sexual offences in the Irish youth justice system: judicial discretion and the justice/welfare dichotomy is available on the Nottingham Trent University website.
Respect for rights in the penal system with prison as a last resort.