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Ó Laoghaire welcomes Government support for Digital Safety Commissioner Bill

11 July, 2018 - by Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire TD

Sinn Féin TD and Justice spokesperson Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire has welcomed Minister for Communications Denis Naughten’s stated support on the need for a Digital Safety Commissioner Bill at the launch of the Government’s new Action Plan for online safety.

The Cork South-Central TD said:

“The Government’s Action Plan for Online Safety, published today, contains many actions, many of which are positive. However, I do not believe that there is enough there in relation to active industry regulation.

“For that, a Digital Safety Commissioner is needed. My Bill to establish a Digital Safety Commissioner, which passed second stage in the Dáil earlier this year, would do just that.

“While I welcome Minister Naughten’s stated support for the Bill, which is positive this needs to be backed up with tangible action. At present, the Action Plan acknowledges the Bill, but it merely commits to working with the Committee on the Bill.

“I am awaiting the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Communications, Climate Action and the Environment to schedule Pre-Committee Scrutiny, and Committee stages. I will be writing today to the Committee Chair to ask that this Bill be prioritised as a matter of priority after the recess.

“The Government must commit to providing a money message to this Bill, as it cannot proceed further without that, and it must start making preparations for the establishment of such an office. It requires much more than legislation. I will be seeking a meeting with the Department to discuss this and to discuss the ongoing legislative process.”  

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