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Tom Humphries has been jailed for two and a half years for sexually abusing a young girl in his Dublin home after grooming her for two years.
The former Irish Times sports journalist first made contact with her in 2008 and went on to send her thousands of sexually-explicit messages.
Humphries was 45 when he first text the girl in December 2008. She was just 14.
Handing down the sentence this morning, Judge Karen O’Connor said the young woman had lost most of her childhood and her innocence as a result of Humphries' actions.
Rape crisis charities have criticised the leniency of the sentence handed down to Tom Humphries.
The former Irish Times journalist was jailed for two-and-a-half years this afternoon for sexually abusing a young girl in his Dublin home after grooming her for two years.
He had pleaded guilty to the offences last March and the maximum sentence he could have received was five years.
Jubilant scenes have greeted Irish man Ibrahim Halawa at Dublin Airport.
He has arrived back home in Ireland after more than four years in an Egyptian prison.
His flight from Germany touched down just after 11.00am.
He earlier posted a photo on the social media site Instagram - showing him on a plane with one of his sisters and the Irish ambassador to Egypt, Seán O'Regan.
The gardaí will take “appropriate action” if they believe a crime has been committed in the ongoing tracker mortgage scandal.
The scandal dominated proceedings in the Dáil this afternoon, with the Minister for Foreign Affairs taking leader’s questions in place of the Taoiseach.
Minister Simon Coveney said meetings between the bank CEOs and the government are not just for show.
Gardaí have launched an investigation following the discovery of a man's body in Waterford earlier today.
The discovery was made at around 1.30pm this afternoon at a house at Appian Close in Ardkeen.
The man - who was in his 30s - was pronounced dead at the scene.
The state pathologist has been notified, and a forensic examination is due to be carried out.