Monday 24 September 2018

Planned law on contempt 'progressive'

Dáil Éireann. Stock picture
Dáil Éireann. Stock picture
Cormac McQuinn

Cormac McQuinn

Proposals to give judges specific powers to direct social media companies to remove posts that risk prejudicing criminal trials have been described as "very progressive" by Leo Varadkar.

The proposed law - which could see companies like Facebook and Twitter face hefty fines if they fail to comply with orders - will be introduced to the Dáil by Fine Gael TD Josepha Madigan today. Mr Varadkar said he anticipates that the Government will support the bill going forward for debate.

Fianna Fáil TD Jim O'Callaghan said his party will consider Ms Madigan's proposals and that while existing law can already deal with contempt it may be "helpful" to set out the remedies available to a court in legislation. Solidarity TD Paul Murphy said he's "not opposed in principle" to codifying the contempt laws but "legitimate" reporting of cases must be allowed on social media.

Irish Independent

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