Friday, 18 December 2020
Harassment, Harmful Communications and Related Offences Bill 2017: Committee and Remaining Stages
Amendment No. 18, proposed by Senators in relation to the waiving of anonymity of a victim, is not considered necessary. The Minister, Deputy McEntee, took the concerns of Deputies and Senators into consideration and introduced an amendment into section 5(2) in the Dáil providing that there is an obligation on a judge to take into account the views of the alleged victim of an offence under section 5. The aim of these provisions is to protect the victim from being identified, not the perpetrator. As such, the wishes of the victim must be considered. Therefore, I ask the Senator not to press the amendment.