Thursday 23 February 2017

We already have the laws to tackle trolls, what we need are more Garda resources

Colette Browne

Colette Browne

Senator Lorraine Higgins, who wants to bring in new legislation to create two new offences – harmful electronic communication and malicious electronic communication.
Senator Lorraine Higgins, who wants to bring in new legislation to create two new offences – harmful electronic communication and malicious electronic communication.

Instead of devising new laws to tackle cyberbullying, we should be enforcing the laws that we have and resourcing gardaí to do their jobs.

Last week Labour Senator Lorraine Higgins revealed that she had received two death threats sent via email a number of days apart. In both, the author threatened to "blow" her head off and said she should "f**k off while [she's] still breathing", concluding there would be "nothing better than to fill your rat's mouth with lead".

Understandably upset, Ms Higgins has reported the emails to gardaí but has claimed existing laws are no longer sufficient to cope with these kinds of online threats. She is wrong.

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