Seanad debates

Friday, 18 December 2020

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

 

10:00 am

Micheál Carrigy (Fine Gael) | Oireachtas source

Like my colleagues, I too have a query on why the entire section dealing with harassment has been removed from the Bill. The Title of the Bill includes the word "harassment". I speak as one whose family suffered harassment and had to go the Garda. Luckily, the Director of Public Prosecutions took a case and it was successful. The person in question is not harassing my family anymore. Public representatives regularly get harassed online and offline because of our political allegiances. What plans are there for legislation to deal with harassment? As Senator Dolan stated, it comes in numerous forms and it needs to be dealt with.

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