Seanad debates

Friday, 18 December 2020

Harassment, Harmful Communications and Related Offences Bill 2017: Committee and Remaining Stages

 

10:00 am

Mary Seery Kearney (Fine Gael) | Oireachtas source

While I accept the Minister’s position, there is something in the "or" element of the amendment. I ask that it be borne in mind for future legislation. Perhaps a lesser offence needs to be created in future legislation. If we say it always must be inextricably linked with intent we are providing almost a defence of, for example, a person claiming they were not in control of their phone. There is also the issue of fraping on Facebook and the excuse is given by the person concerned that it was not them, that they did not do it. That has been used in house-----

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