Dáil debates

Thursday, 17 December 2020

Harassment, Harmful Communications and Related Offences Bill 2017: Report and Final Stages

 

4:00 pm

Emer Higgins (Dublin Mid West, Fine Gael) | Oireachtas source

I welcome this important, modern legislation. I thank the Minister for Justice, Deputy McEntee, for prioritising this legislation which will prevent the sharing of intimate images and criminalise online harassment and bullying. There is no doubt this Bill will not just protect people online but will also save lives. Mental health is precious and it is fragile. The impact of online abuse on mental health can be deadly. The anonymity of the Internet breeds hurtful and harmful vitriol which can have long-lasting effects on victims and, in particular, on the mental health of our teenagers and young people.

I thank Jackie Fox for all she has done on this issue. Her work has brought her daughter Nicole's legacy into law - Coco's Law.

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