Fiona Doyle appeals to Taoiseach for changes to treatment of victims

Thursday 31 January 2013 22.06
Fiona Doyle said the Taoiseach agreed to take her requests on board
Fiona Doyle said the Taoiseach agreed to take her requests on board

Fiona Doyle has said she hopes there will be changes to the treatment of victims in the courts as a result of her meeting with the Taoiseach.

There was a public outcry when her father Patrick O’Brien, 72, was allowed to walk from court, despite receiving a three year jail term for the rape and indecent assault of his daughter.

He has since been imprisoned.

Ms Doyle spent more than an hour with Mr Kenny, outlining her experience of the legal system, and the impact on her of her father's sentence.

She said she asked the Taoiseach for minimum sentences, younger judges, and "sensitising" of the judiciary to victims.

Ms Doyle said the Taoiseach agreed to take her requests "on board".

She said he was a good listener, and did not rush her.