On Air Now

Overnight Music

2:00am - 8:00am

  • 045 901 490
  • 0833-979797

Now Playing

Sinead O'connor

Mandinka

Self-Induced Intoxication Will Not Be A Defence For Rape, Under Proposed Laws

File image: Rolling News

If approved by cabinet ministers, the bill will be published by the end of this year.

Justice Minister Helen McEntee is seeking approval from her Cabinet colleagues to draft new legislation, which would see self-induced intoxication scrapped as a defence in rape cases.

A person accused of rape will also have to prove to a jury how they believed they had consent to have sex, under proposals going to Cabinet today.

Under current law, the accused’s own subject "honest but mistaken belief" that the woman was consenting is a defence to rape.

Anonymity for victims in all trials for sexual offences will be guaranteed and extended to additional offences specifically targeting vulnerable victims, including persons with mental illness or a mental or intellectual disability.

Furthermore, anonymity for the accused will also be provided for in case they are found not guilty of the offence.

If an accused person is convicted of a sexual offence, they may be identified unless to do so would lead to identification of the victim.

If approved by cabinet ministers, the bill will be published by the end of this year.


CEO of the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre, Noeline Blackwell, says it would be an important change to the law:

More from National News

Stay tuned to Kfm!

Get the Kfm Apps for you phone, tablet or smart speaker...

Kfm Kildare Weather

  • Sat

    Sunny intervals

    28°C

  • Sun

    Light rain

    24°C

  • Mon

    Heavy Rain

    17°C

  • Tue

    Light rain

    15°C

  • Wed

    Heavy Rain

    20°C