Friday, 18 December 2020
Harassment, Harmful Communications and Related Offences Bill 2017: Committee and Remaining Stages
In putting forward these amendments, as I outlined on Second Stage, it is in no way to put out the message that the Bill is flawed or does not fulfil its intentions. It is always good for legislators to have an opportunity to engage with the legislation and to at least signal our future intentions on how we feel the legislation should be improved. The fact is that there will be a review within three years and we can examine the evolution of the Bill within that time. We must also acknowledge that even since the body of work done by the Law Reform Commission, LRC, in 2016, there has been a significant amount of change. The initial body of work does not always stand up in every sense. I will not press the amendments. It is more the case that I wish to put on the record that when the other legislation comes in, these are the areas I feel need to be improved. I will withdraw the amendment.