181. Deputy Anne Rabbitte asked the Minister for Justice and Equality his plans to review Part 11 or Part 13 of the Criminal Justice Act 2006 in relation to extending anti-social behaviour orders to social media usage; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [17291/18]
Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): The Law Reform Commission published a report on Harmful Communications and Digital Safety in September 2016.
The Report has two main elements. One part focuses on digital safety and proposes the establishment of an office of Digital Safety Commissioner. The other part of the report addresses the criminal law aspects of harmful communications on the internet and other platforms.
I am analysing the Law Reform Commission’s Report, and proposals in relation to harassment and harmful communications currently before the Dáil, with a view to the enactment of legislation to give effect to the criminal law aspects of the Law Reform Commission's report.
As such, I have no plans to review Part 11 or Part 13 of the Criminal Justice Act 2006 to extend anti-social behaviour orders to social media usage.