Court: Ireland failed to protect children in case of sexual abuse at school in 1973

Europe's top human rights court says Ireland's government has failed in its duty to protect children in the case of a woman sexually abused by a lay teacher at a state-backed Roman Catholic school while she was a child four decades ago.

The European Court of Human Rights' grand chamber said Louise O'Keeffe's rights to be spared "inhuman and degrading treatment" and to an "effective remedy" were violated.

The Associated Press does not normally identify possible victims of sexual assault, but O'Keeffe has spoken publicly about her story.

O'Keeffe — who has already received some monetary awards, notably from the offender — has said the Irish state had failed to put in place appropriate measures and procedures to stop "systematic abuse" at the Dunderrow National School in early 1973.