Thursday, 22 February 2018

Ceisteanna (208)

Bernard Durkan


208. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the extent to which adequate early warning systems exist to alert her Department to the threat to children and young persons of cyber grooming; the extent to which the issue can be combatted; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [9243/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Children)

My Department does not have a lead responsibility in this area and, accordingly, does not have specific measures of the type described by the Deputy.

Combatting online child grooming is a matter for my colleague the Minister for Justice and Equality, Mr.Charlie Flanagan T.D., and is addressed as part of a wide-ranging package of measures aimed at the reform of Ireland's criminal law on sexual offences, set out in Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) Act, 2017.