Friday, 18 December 2020
Harassment, Harmful Communications and Related Offences Bill 2017: Committee and Remaining Stages
I move amendment No. 18:
18. In page 5, between lines 22 and 23, to insert the following: “(2) Notwithstanding subsection (1), the alleged victim of the offence may make an application to the Circuit Court for the purpose of waiving their anonymity under this section.”.
Important provisions are contained in section 5 of the Bill related to the anonymity of the victim such offences. This is important but we cannot allow such provisions to silence victims who may wish to speak out and identify themselves. Amendment No. 18 would allow them to apply for a court order waiving their anonymity under this section. Will the Minister of State comment on that?