Pat Rabbitte: I'm not convinced that blanket internet censorship is way to go
Whether we like to talk about it or not in polite company, pornography has become an issue in need of discussion. But before we do that, we need to make a clear distinction between images of child abuse and other illegal material, and what might be described as 'normal' adult content featuring consenting adults.
The first type of material is illegal to possess, produce or distribute, and there is a strong and evolving body of legislation in place to deal with it. Moreover, An Garda Siochana, the Department of Justice, and the entire criminal justice system, through measures such as Hotline.ie and the Office of Internet Safety, have an excellent track record of rooting out those who would create, share or profit from such material.
In fact, following on from a recent EU directive, the Justice Minister is presently working on a means of transposing this to allow the blocking of illegal material online.