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Retrial for two convicted of female genital mutilation after convictions quashed on appeal
The trial has been ruled “unfair” by the Court of Appeal because of issues with translation.
Medical experts clash in FGM court appeal over cause of infant girl's injuries
The girl’s mother and father were found guilty of carrying out an act of FGM on their infant daughter.
Court refuses to order re-examination of child who was subjected to female genital mutilation
Justice John Edwards said the examination is “disproportionate”.
Parents jailed over female genital mutilation of daughter want child re-examined
A court heard there is “some disagreement between medical experts” regarding what actually happened to the girl.
Call to prevent Covid-19 pandemic resulting in two million FGM cases 'that would otherwise be averted'
The UNFPA has called for urgent action to be taken to protect girls around the world.
Father convicted of FGM of daughter to appeal his sentence
The man and his wife were jailed in January, in the first case of its kind in Ireland.
'Consequences of this huge physical intrusion on women are so enormous': MEPs back resolution to end FGM
It comes after a couple were found guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal court last month of carrying out FGM on their young daughter.
'It’s child abuse': FGM lawyer who helped prosecute over 100 people in France welcomes first-ever Irish prosecution
In an exclusive interview with, Linda Weil-Curiel praises the sentences handed down at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court earlier this week.
'It was most unlikely the girl’s injuries happened the way her parents alleged': How gardaí handled Ireland's first FGM trial
A married couple were yesterday given prison sentences after being convicted of allowing female genital mutilation to be carried out on their young daughter.
Ireland's first FGM conviction: Father sentenced to 5.5 years, mother sentenced to 4 years and 9 months
Judge Elma Sheahan described the parents’ actions as “the most egregious breaches of trust by those who are presumed to protect their infant child”.
Parents convicted of allowing FGM to be carried out on daughter to be sentenced today
The couple were found guilty following a trial last November.
Parents convicted of 'extremely serious offence' of FGM to be sentenced next month
Female genital mutilation carries a maximum sentence of up to 14 years in prison.
'There was no anaesthetic, nothing': Call for urgent action to protect girls in Ireland from FGM
Ireland’s first conviction for female genital mutilation has highlighted how girls are at risk here.
Race, religion and prejudice: The issues raised at Ireland’s first FGM trial
A married couple were yesterday convicted of allowing female genital mutilation to be carried out on their daughter.
Parents found guilty in Ireland's first female genital mutilation trial
Judge Elma Sheahan has remanded the couple in custody.
Jury in FGM trial told they have to make an 'immensely important decision'
A father and mother deny carrying out female genital mutilation on their daughter at their Dublin home in 2016.
FGM expert tells court it is 'not possible' that toy caused girl's injuries
The girl’s father gave evidence today, both he and his wife deny carrying out FGM on their daughter at their Dublin home in 2016.
Woman accused of FGM says she is a victim herself and would not do the same to her daughter
A father and mother deny carrying out female genital mutilation on their daughter at their Dublin home in 2016.
Blood found on carpet in home of couple accused of female genital mutilation of daughter, court hears
A DNA expert told Dublin Circuit Criminal Court the blood matched that of the injured girl.
Couple accused of female genital mutilation claim daughter sustained injuries when she fell on toy
Two doctors told a court that the injuries sustained by the girl are not consistent with falling on an object.
Jury sworn in as couple goes on trial accused of female genital mutilation of child
The couple, who can’t be named for legal reasons, both pleaded not guilty.
'It's a serious form of child abuse': Thousands of girls in Ireland at risk of female genital mutilation
An estimated 6,000 females in Ireland have already undergone the harmful procedure.
'I'll give you a goat and then you can forget about the rape'
In certain areas of Kenya, slaughtering an animal or paying a €20 fine is the punishment for rape.
'I used to cut the girls, sometimes I would cut the wrong part and they would bleed terribly'
Women in Kenya are fighting back against FGM, child marriage and gender-based violence.
'After the second attack he became antisocial, children in Direct Provision are targeted'
Parents talk to us about why they are seeking asylum in Ireland and the impact of raising a family in an institutionalised setting.
Opinion: 'It would be easy to dismiss female genital mutilation as something alien to Ireland - but it's not'
Minister Josepha Madigan writes about how she is inspired by Ifra Ahmed and her fight against FGM in Ireland.
How people in Cork are fighting back against FGM
“People don’t speak about it unless a victim of this heinous crime speaks out.”
Muslim spokesperson apologises for saying it's acceptable for girls to undergo FGM
“I condemn FGM in the strongest terms.”
'Harmful and sinful': Islamic Centre of Ireland issues fatwa against female genital mutilation
Shaykh Dr Umar Al-Qadri issued the fatwa after a senior Muslim figure in Ireland said the practice is acceptable in some cases.
Muslim spokesman criticised for saying it's acceptable for girls to undergo FGM
Healthcare professionals and the Islamic community have criticised the comments made by the Clonskeagh Mosque’s spokesman.
'Whenever you talk about female genital mutilation there's a backlash'
About 2,700 girls living in Ireland may be at risk of undergoing the practice.
Couple accused of genital mutilation of their daughter sent forward for trial
The offence of genital mutilation, on conviction, can carry a sentence of up to 14 years.
Couple to face trial accused of mutilating their daughter's genitals at Dublin home
The couple was arrested this morning.
'It wasn’t hard to decide to run away. FGM was just like death because of the bleeding'
ActionAid is launching a new international strategy, based on supporting people-led efforts to end poverty, injustice and gender inequality, writes CEO Siobhán McGee.
'I was haunted by the blood I caused by circumcising girls'
Almost 3,000 girls living in Ireland could be at risk of undergoing female genital mutilation.
Lack of FGM training: 'Irish doctors and nurses can be at a loss over what to do'
A new programme is starting in Cork that will serve to educate and offer support people who are affected by FGM.
"A human rights violaton, worse than child abuse" - committee on genital mutilation wants action from gardaí
An Eritrean national, herself the subject of FGM, says she hopes a full prosecution will follow in the case of a man arrested in Dublin in connection with the suspected mutilation of a baby girl.
Man arrested after suspected genital mutilation on two-year-old girl
A file will go to the Director of Public Prosecutions.
Doctors urge Western states to 'compromise' on female genital mutilation
Vaginal cutting is widely regarded as a libido-reducer, intended in certain cultures to keep a woman chaste.
'I used a razor blade and often cut ten girls a day'
There are over 140 million girls and woman across the world with cut genitals and this dangerous and painful practice continues today.