Tuesday, 24 July 2018

Ceisteanna (2022, 2023, 2024, 2025)

Louise O'Reilly

Ceist:

2022. Deputy Louise O'Reilly asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment if his attention has been drawn to recommendation CM/Rec(2018)7 of the Committee of Ministers to member states on guidelines to respect, protect and fulfil the rights of the child in the digital environment; the action his Department will take to meet the five recommendations contained therein; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [32482/18]

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Louise O'Reilly

Ceist:

2023. Deputy Louise O'Reilly asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the action he will take to require business enterprises to meet their responsibility to respect the rights of the child in the digital environment as per a recommendation (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [32483/18]

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Louise O'Reilly

Ceist:

2024. Deputy Louise O'Reilly asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment when his Department will examine the implementation of recommendation CM/Rec(2018)7 of the Committee of Ministers to member states on guidelines to respect, protect and fulfil the rights of the child in the digital environment and the guidelines in its appendix; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [32484/18]

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Louise O'Reilly

Ceist:

2025. Deputy Louise O'Reilly asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment when his Department will review its legislation, policies and practice to ensure that they are in line with a recommendation (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [32485/18]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Communications)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 2022 to 2025, inclusive, together.

The Council of Europe document to which the Deputy refers contains five overarching recommendations which are then further informed by detailed guidelines. The recommendations, and particularly the guidelines, offer advice to Member States and stakeholders on a wide range of online safety policy issues.

The Action Plan on Online Safety, which was launched by the Taoiseach on 11 July, recognises that online safety is not the responsibility of any one Department, but that many Departments have a role to play. If a Department has responsibility for a policy issue, this includes online responsibility for that issue. The Action Plan sets out 25 Actions and the Departments responsible for their delivery.  A sponsors group will be shortly established to drive implementation of the Action Plan, which will be chaired by the Department of Education & Skills and comprise five other key Government Departments; Children and Youth Affairs, Justice and Equality; Communications, Climate Action and Environment; Business, Enterprise and Innovation; and Health.

It will be a matter for each Department to consider these recommendations in the context of the implementation of the Action Plan and their wider policy remits.