15-year-old abducted by two men in wearing Ballaclavas in Wexford

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An Garda Síochána are seeking the public’s assistance in tracing the whereabouts of 15-year-old Sait Canbullu.

At approximately 1310hrs this afternoon, 13th September 2014, Sait Canbullu was approached by two males ( wearing balaclavas / ski masks) and abducted during an incident at the junction of High St. and Rowe St. in Wexford town. He was taken from the scene in vehicle described as a black saloon car with tinted windows. It’s understood the car travelled in the direction of Wexford Quays. Sait is described as 5ft4” in height, of average build, with black hair and brown eyes. When last seen he was wearing dark grey tracksuit and blue/grey Nike running shoes.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Gardaí on 999 or 112
Please do not approach those involved, instead immediately contact 999 / 112 or your local Garda Station providing as much information as possible.


Body of Gerard Daly missing since 2011 found

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Garda press release below

Gardaí have confirmed that the body discovered at Oristown Bog near Kells on 11/9/14 is that of Gerard Daly reported missing on the 29th June 2011.

The Post Mortem has been completed at Our Lady’s Hospital in Navan but for operational reasons we are not releasing details at this stage.

A man in his 50’s was arrested on the 11th March 2013 in connection with this investigation and was detained at Carrickmacross Garda Station under the Provisions of Section 4 – Criminal Justice Act 1984. He was released on the 12th March 2013 without charge.

No further information is available at this time. The investigation is ongoing and further updates will follow.

Body identified as missing man Adrian Folan

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The body discovered at a quarry close to Liscannor in Co. Clare has been formally identified as 41-year-old Adrian Folan.

Adrian Folans body has been removed from the scene and is presently at Limerick Regional Hospital where a post mortem is scheduled for this evening.

Gardai wish to appeal for witnesses who may have seen anything unusual or suspicious in and around the quarry at Kilconnell, Liscannor, Co. Clare since the 3rd of July 2014 or to any member of the public who may be able to assist with the investigation into the disappearance of 41 year old Adrian Folan from Athlone on the 3rd July 2014, to contact the Incident Room at Ennistymon Garda Station on 065-7072180, The Garda Confidential Telephone Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.

Gardai seal off area close to Cliffs in Moher in search for Adrian Folan

Adrian Folan

Gardaí investigating the disappearance of Adrian Folan have sealed off an area close to a quarry near the Cliffs of Moher in Co. Clare.

Garda Crime Scene Investigators are carrying out an examination in the area.

We cannot confirm the discovery of a body at this stage of the investigation.

Adrian was last seen in Athlone Town on the night of 3rd July 2014 at approximately 11.40pm. Gardai arrested a man this morning in connection with his disappearance.

Man arrested in missing person Adrian Folan investigation

Adrian Folan
Gardaí investigating the disappearance of 41-year-old Adrian Folan, who has been missing from Athlone since 3rd July 2014, have arrested a man.
The man in his 40s was arrested in Galway this morning and is detained at Galway Garda station under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984.
Gardaí are continuing to search for Adrian who was last seen in Athlone Town on the night of 3rd July 2014 at approximately 11.40pm. Adrian is approximately 5ft 7” in height, has brown/grey hair, blue eyes and is of stocky build. He was wearing a grey coloured t-shirt, brown knee length shorts and sandals when last seen.

Gardaí are concerned for Adrian’s welfare and anyone with information is asked to contact Athlone Garda Station on 090 6498550 or any Garda Station.

MISSING: 41-year-old Adrian Folan from Athlone

Adrian Folan

Gardaí are seeking the public’s assistance in tracing the whereabouts of 41-year-old Adrian Folan.

Adrian has been missing from Athlone since Thursday 3rd July 2014.

Adrian was last seen in Athlone Town on the night of 3rd July 2014 at approximately 11.40pm. Adrian is approximately 5ft 7” in height, has brown/grey hair, blue eyes and is of stocky build. He was wearing a grey coloured t-shirt, brown knee length shorts and sandals when last seen.

Gardaí are concerned for Adrian’s welfare and anyone with information is asked to contact Athlone Garda Station on 090 6498550, The Garda Confidential Line or any Garda Station.

Female driver flees scene after car smashes into Finglas house

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Gardai have launched an investigation after a car crashed into a house in Dublin, causing massive structural damage to the front of the property.

A female driver fled the scene following the incident which occurred at around 7am this morning on St. Margaret’s road in Finglas.

The house was not occupied at the time of the crash.

Gardai are appealing to the driver or witnesses to contact them at Finglas Garda station on 01 6667500.

Report released after blonde, pale-skinned and blue-eyed Roma children taken into care


The first of July saw the Ombudsman for Children Emily Logan welcome the Minister for Children’s publication of the findings of her special inquiry into the removal of two Roma children from their family environment by Gardaí.

For Crime.ie, Ger Leddin looks back at some of the details of these cases.

In order to understand the public perception and sentiment around the time these events were happening in Ireland we must look at international events occurring at the same time.

Last October the international media were reporting the case of a mystery fair-haired child who had been taken away by police form a Roma couple with whom she had been living with in Southern Greece.

The police had been conducting a raid looking for weapons and drugs when they became suspicious of fair-haired green-eyed girl who looked different from the couple who claimed to be her parents.

The police took Maria in to care and subsequent DNA testing revealed that the child was not related to the couple. One of the topics spoken of in connection with Maria’s case was. How could this “blonde angel” Maria be the natural child of her dark-skinned parents?

Greek RomaThe Maria story also fueled media reports relating to Roma families being involved in illegal adoption and child abduction throughout Europe in an attempt to gain enhanced social insurance and child welfare payments.

The two Irish Roma children — one in Athlone and another in Tallaght — were removed from their homes by Gardaí acting under Section 12 Child Care Act 1991, this provision allows for children at risk, to be removed from their homes in emergency situations.

An Garda Siochana’s policy on the use of these powers is set out in their own policy document entitled The Garda Siochana Policy on the Investigation of Sexual Crime, Crimes against Children and Child Welfare (2013). This policy document contains two central tenets, which are; Firstly that it is generally in the best interests of a child to be brought up in their family and that the welfare of the child is the first and paramount consideration.

The case of child “A” who lived in Athlone was first brought to Garda attention when at 9.53am on Monday 21 October 2013, the Missing Persons Bureau at Garda Headquarters received an email regarding Child A from a member of the public. The subject line of the email read “Suspected Child Abduction”. This subject line is important to note as it appeared on subsequent emails, which issued from the Missing Persons Bureau and possibly added an unfounded weight to the allegations.

Roma_family_IrelandIt emerges in the Ombudsman’s report that the initial email to the Missing Persons Bureau was sent by a lady who remembered coming across a family of Roma traders while at a festival in Clare during July 2013. During this casual meeting the Lady noted that the Roma boy was different in looks and complexion than the rest of his family. She said in her email “I commented on his colouring and the young woman then said “ehh his grandfather” meaning he got his genes from his grandfather. Apart from the baby, all the others were completely dark in complexion, eyes and hair. She also commented “The recent news about the little girl Maria who was found in Greece made me realise that I should have reported it.”

This email to the Missing Persons Bureau did not include the name of the child but set in motion a chain of events, which led to the removal of the young child from his parents. Gardaí in County Clare examined the details provided by the Roma family to Clare County Council in order to obtain a license to trade at the festival and on the following day — Tuesday the 22nd of October — contacted Athlone Gardaí with a request for Gardaí from that station to call to the family’s home and “to make enquiries as whether a small boy is a member of that family.” This request resulted in a visit by members of Athlone Gardaí to the family home later that day.

Athlone Garda StationA Garda sergeant established that no records of Garda concern relating to child protection concerns existed in relation to that particular family. A particular Garda (referred to in the report as Garda J) who was familiar with the family and who had a good relationship with them, was tasked with carrying out initial inquires.

When two members of the Gardaí called to the house the child in question was present, as were his mother and father. The Garda noticed that Child A was blonde, pale and had blue eyes, and that he did not appear to resemble his parents. He then asked Child A’s mother who the child’s parents were; Child A’s mother said that the child was her son and that her partner was the child’s father.

The attending Garda was concerned with some aspects of the child’s birth certificate, which the parents had produced, and after consulting with colleagues requested that the parents voluntarily accompany him to the station, which they agreed to do.

At 7.30pm that evening the parents and the child were being interviewed at Athlone Garda station. Enquiries were made with Portiuncula Hospital, which confirmed that the child’s mother had given birth to a baby boy on the same date as appeared on the birth certificate however the hospital could give no further details relating to the child’s appearance.portiuncula hosp

The Ombudsman’s report states that: “There was consensus among them [Gardaí] that the information provided by the hospital was not sufficient to assuage their doubts. A number of other avenues were explored to gather further information, including the possibility of contacting the midwife who assisted with Child A’s birth and other Health Service Executive staff members.”

At 9pm that night Garda J determined that his concerns relating to the child’s identity had not been addressed and as it was agreed among other members present that no further information would be obtained that night Section 12 would be invoked in order to protect the child. The ombudsman’s report also refers to concerns the Gardaí had regarding the risk of flight if the child were to be returned home as being a contributory factor in the decision to invoke Section 12.

Also on Monday the 21st of October, a TV journalist sent an email to the Press Office of An Garda Siochana containing a message that had been left by a member of the public on his Facebook account. The message read as follows:

“Today was on the news the blond child found in Roma Camp in Greece. There is also little girl living in Roma house in Tallaght and she is blond and blue eyes. [sic] Her name is [Child T] and the address is [Child 1's address]. I am from [country in Eastern Europe] myself and it’s a big problem there missing kids. The Romas robing [sic] them to get child benefit in Europe.”

Garda_HQThe Garda Press Office forwarded the journalist’s email to Tallaght District at 11:13 that morning and a Sergeant (A) undertook preliminary enquires to establish were there any child protection concerns relating to that particular child or family. The Sergeants enquires revealed that “There were no child protection records relating to Child T. There were two child protection records relating to her older sisters dating back a number of years. Those cases had been closed and had no connection with child abduction.” Some internal enquiries revealed that a Garda (B) at the station was aware of a child of Child T’s name at the house in question but did not have any further details in relation to her.

The Principal Teacher at the local school was contacted and informed Gardaí that Child T did attend her school and was a member of the Roma community, but that “Child T was the name she preferred to go by; she was in fact registered under a different first name (“U”). The Principal said Child T had been in the school for over three years – since Junior Infants – and that as far as she knew or could vouch for, Child T was the child of her parents. The school had no child protection or welfare concerns with respect to Child T, nor was there any difficulties with school attendance.”

Maria 1The Department of Social Protection were contacted by investigating Gardaí and confirmed that they had details in relation to a number of children in that household but that there was no child by the name of Child T; they did, however, have a record of a child named (U).

During the early afternoon Sergeant (A) along with two other plainclothes Gardaí arrived at the child’s family home. Sergeant A informed the family that they were calling to make enquiries regarding the children’s identities as a follow up to previous child protection concerns. Sergeant A’s report on this case indicated that he noted the presence of a young girl, about seven years of age, who had blonde hair and blue eyes and whom he said was strikingly different in appearance from the rest of her family.

As the afternoon progressed more and more of child T’s extended family arrived at the house and three community Gardaí also attended. A further three members of An Garda Siochana also came to the house later, though Sergeant (A) had not requested them to do so. This included an Inspector, a Detective Sergeant and another Sergeant. There were nine Gardaí there by the end, some of which were in uniform.

Sergeant (A) later told the ombudsman’s enquiry that he felt there were grounds to invoke Section 12 on the basis that:

  • Child T did not resemble the rest of her family; the Coombe Hospital had informed him that there was no record for her
  • No birth certificate or passport had been produced in respect of Child T; the consultant in Tallaght Hospital with whom Sergeant A spoke indicated that it would be highly unusual for a child with blonde hair and blue eyes to have two parents with dark hair and dark eyes;
  •  Child T went by another name, “U”, which was the official name recorded in her school and on the Department of Social Protection’s records;
  • Members of Child T’s family had come to the attention of An Garda Siochana in the past for both children protection and criminal matters;
  • Sergeant A felt that in the event that Child T was not in fact the child of the people in whose care she was at that time, Child T might be removed from the jurisdiction. Sergeant A indicated that his concern regarding the flight risk arose because:
  • Sergeant A had been informed that Child T’s older sister had outstanding warrants in relation to low-level criminality and was currently residing in Romania with her grandmother;
  • Sergeant A was of the view that Child T’s father travelled to the UK and Continental Europe on a regular basis;
  • Sergeant A was aware of other cases in which children had come to the attention of the HSE and An Garda Siochana for child protection reasons and had subsequently been removed from the jurisdiction.

Both Child A and Child T were after the invoking of Section 12 delivered into the custody of the health Service executive where they were cared for by foster parents until their identity could be established and they were returned to the care of their parents the following day.

Every one understands the need for the Gardaí to act quickly and decisively when it comes to investigating crime, particularly crimes which endanger children. Occasionally the Gardaí are expected to act with the Wisdom of Solomon and at times balance short term concerns with longer-term damage.

The Ombudsman points out in her report that in both cases — Athlone and Tallaght —, members of An Garda Síochana had not received any specific training to assure their cultural competence with respect to the Roma community. In reality, this meant that stereotypes and generalisations about the Roma community were left unchallenged by Gardaí.

The Ombudsman also states that:

“In light of the seriousness of the power in question and the necessarily subjective nature of a Garda’s perception of immediate and serious risk to a child, the guidance made available to members of An Garda Síochana – any of whom could be called on to invoke section 12 of the 1991 Act in the course of their duties – should include significantly more detail. The lack of such detailed guidance on the implementation of section 12 is unacceptable.”

Issues with out of hours social protection access and unfounded and deeply prejudiced myths regarding members of the Roma community abducting children need to be addressed. It remains to be seen will the recommendations made by the Ombudsman be heeded or join the stacks of similar reports gathering dust in Kildare Street.

One dead and three injured in Cork house fire

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Gardaí are investigating a fatal house fire that occurred County Cork in the early hours of this morning.

Emergency services were called to the scene at New Cork Road, Midleton around 3.30am. 

A 22-year-old female was pronounced dead at scene and was taken to Cork University Hospital where a post mortem is to be arranged.

Three other people, 2 men, aged 65 and 27-years-old and a woman, aged 31 years, were brought to the Mercy Hospital Cork City suffering minor injuries and have since been released.

The scene is currently preserved pending a technical examination.

14-year-old Catherine Hayes Rice missing from Dublin

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Gardaí are seeking the public’s assistance in tracing the whereabouts of 14-year-old Catherine Hayes Rice.

Catherine has been missing from Clondalkin since 30th June 2014.

Catherine was last seen in the Clondalkin area at approximately 1pm on 30th June 2014. Catherine is approximately 5ft 7″ in height with long brown hair (blonde streaks), blue eyes and is of slim build. When last seen she was wearing a white belly top, blue jeans and pink, white and blue runners.

Gardaí are concerned for Catherine’s welfare and anyone with information is asked to contact Clondalkin Garda Station on 01 6667600, The Garda Confidential Line 1800 666111 or any Garda Station.

35-year-old Konrad Misiak missing from Finglas since February

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Gardaí  are seeking the public’s assistance in tracing the whereabouts of 35-year-old Konrad Misiak.

Konrad has been missing from his home in Finglas since February of this year.

Konrad is described as 5’1″ in height, with black hair worn tight, brown eyes and slight build. He was last seen in the Meakstown area of Finglas in early February 2014.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Konrad should contact Finglas Garda Station on 01-6667500, or Garda Confidential Line 1800-666-111.


Man arrested after 50k of cannabis seized in Cork


Gardai have arrested a man following the seizure of cannabis herb during on-going operation targeting the sale and supply of drugs in Bandon, Co. Cork.

Gardaí from the Cork City Divisional Drug Unit assisted by uniformed officers carried out a search of premises in the Templemartin area at around 10am yesterday.

Cannabis herb with an estimated street value of up to €50,000 was discovered in the house.

A man in his 50’s was arrested at the scene and was detained at Bandon Garda Station. He is expected to appear before Bandon District Court this morning charged in connection with this incident.

Missing: 16-year-old Adam Maher from Liffey Valley

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Gardaí are seeking the public’s assistance in tracing the whereabouts of 16-year-old Adam Maher.

Adam was last seen in the Liffey Valley area, near the N4 at approximately 4.30pm on Wednesday 2nd July 2014. Adam is approximately 6ft in height, with blue eyes and brown hair. He is of slim build and was wearing a red top, grey tracksuit bottoms and red runners when last seen.

Gardaí are concerned for Adam’s welfare and anyone with information is asked to contact Ronanstown Garda Station on 01 6667700, The Garda Confidential Line 1800 666111 or any Garda Station.

Missing: 14-year-old Teigan Mellor from Kildare


Gardai are appealing to the public for assistance in tracing the whereabouts of 14-year-old Teigan Mellor.

Teigan is missing from her home at Fontstown, Athy, Co. Kildare since Monday 30th June 2014.  

Teigan was last seen at approximately 1.30pm yesterday when she left her home. She is described as being approximately 5ft 3” of thin build with green/ hazel eyes and dyed jet black shoulder length hair which is shaven on the left. When last seen she was wearing a white string top, navy blue jeans and blue wedges/shoes.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Athy Garda Station on 059-8634210, the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111  or any Garda Station.

Man arrested after knife-point robbery at Mullingar shop


Gardai have arrested a man following a robbery at a shop yesterday.

The man entered a shop on Austin Friars Street, Mullingar at around 12 midday yesterday. He threatened the staff member with a knife. He left the shop with a sum of money and a number of mobile phones. No one was injured during the robbery.

Gardai searching for the culprit later arrested a man in his 30’s in connection with the robbery. He was arrested in the Mullingar area.

He was detained under the provisions of Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act 1984 at Mullingar Garda Station.

The man is scheduled to appear before Mullingar District Court at 10.30 am this morning charged in connection with the robbery.

Man arrested after attempting to rob restaurant armed with scissors

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Gardai have arrested a man following a robbery at a restaurant on Werburgh Street, Dublin 8 yesterday morning.

The man entered the restaurant and threatened the staff with what is described as a scissors at around 10.30am.

He left the premises with a sum of money and was followed for a distance by a member of staff. A garda unit responding to the robbery arrested the culprit in a nearly housing complex following a search. No one was injured during the incident.

The man in his 30’s was detained under the provisions of Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act 1984 at Kilmainham Garda Station.

He is scheduled to appear before Court Number 4, The Criminal Courts of Justice, Parkgate Street at 10.30am this morning charged in connection with the Robbery.

Pornography no longer the main area of concern for Irish parents

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In the week that Minister Pat Rabbitte launched the report of Internet Content Governance Advisory Group, Ger Leddin spoke to Paul Durrant CEO of the Internet Service Providers Association of Ireland, for Crime.ie

Brian O’Neill Chairperson of the Internet Content Governance Advisory Group said in the preamble to his groups report to Minister Pat Rabbitte. “The Internet is a fluid, evolving environment, requiring policy makers, industry and relevant stakeholders to be flexible as they adapt to changing and emerging contexts. The Internet does not now and will not stand still.”

Nationwide survey

A recent nationwide survey, which was commissioned by the Internet Service Providers Association of Ireland – Hotline.ie, confirms that not only is the Internet fluid and evolving but so too are the attitudes and fears of Irish Parents with children who may be vulnerable and impressionable to Internet content. The survey found that access to pornography was no longer the main area of concern for Irish parents when it came to their children’s use of the Internet. This was in marked contrast to a similar survey carried out some thirteen years ago, which showed access to adult porn as the top concern for Irish parents. The ISPAI survey shows a marked rise in the numbers of Irish parents who are now more concerned in their children being exposed to dangerous people whom they come into contact with online.

Not only has adult pornography dropped to second place but also the percentage of parents citing it as their first concern has dropped by over half — from 44% of parents in 2001 to just 20% in 2014.

The third main concern of parents in 2014 is Cyber Bullying, with 16% of parents citing it as their number one concern, while thirteen years ago this barely got 6%.

It is interesting to note the rise of Antisocial Behavior/ (Cyber) Bullying from one of the lowest [in 2001] to becoming the 3rd highest concern [in 2014]. I am really surprised by this finding as I would have thought Cyber-bullying would come out way on top due to media coverage of high profile incidents on the likes of Twitter, Facebook, etc., and with so many children being victim to texting and social media bullying in every community.”

Paul Durrant, CEO of ISPAI and General Manager of Hotline.ie, said.

Fear for parents

This fear for parents — that of their children coming into contact with and being exposed to and possibly groomed by, predators on the net was brought home to me some months ago while researching an article on casual pick-up contact pages and sites operating in Ireland.

“Michael from Waterford is looking for saucy emails or chat, discreet relationships and Phone/Webcam fun.” Michael could do worse than to contact Martina whose ad states she lives in Waterford City also and is into “…both receiving and giving.”

These is just a sample of two of the contacts I found on a very easily accessible web site owned by a UK Company and advertising “naughty adult fun in the Republic.” On the day I visited the site there were in the region of 100 contacts available for casual NSA (no strings attached) relationships in Waterford City and County.

My search perimeters were limited to recent users and only those profiles, which included pictures. Many of the male advertisers were keen to show images of their physical attributes, while the females were more inclined to stick to the traditional scantily clad poses.

Minister Pat Rabbitte

Minister Pat Rabbitte had commented, that he was convinced that a blanket Internet censorship would appropriate or needed in Ireland. The Minister’s statement some months ago prompted my research to discover what exactly was available for on-line viewing. The particular site I researched is easily accessible to adults, children and teens and is typical of what Internet users can be exposed to either accidentally or by design and the risks inherent with such exposure would be similar to many sites of this nature.

It is important to note that there are many genuine web-dating sites operating in Ireland most of whom operate a legitimate on-line service in a service area, which is becoming more and more popular with singles wishing to meet others for friendship and romance. However this particular company offers an adjunct to its core business of a more ‘adult’ themed nature. Clients are encouraged to upload explicit pictures in order to raise their profile.

Since joining the site as a non-fee paying basic member—using two identities —Jack and Jill, I received over the first few weeks at least fifteen emails each day with news of who has been viewing both of my fictitious profiles. Each email had along with private messages, included entreaties for me to upgrade my membership to a fee paying VIP subscription, in order to attract even more prospective mates. The constant hook of invites from the site administrators for me to access my private messages, illustrates the ploy of clever marketing techniques designed to feed a need in the user and encourage them to join as full fee paying members.

Curious minors

A worrying feature of this site and of other similar hook-up sites I visited was the ease at which curious minors could access it without paying fees. The administrators did not request any proof of age and the content was open to any person regardless of age to view and also make initial contact with others.

Susan Krauss Whitbourne, Ph.D., is currently a professor of Psychology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She has written many books and articles on adult development and related themes. She states that “Sexual hookups are becoming an increasingly prominent feature of life in Western culture, particularly for the twenty-something men and women we call “emerging adults.” With the gap between puberty and entry into marriage getting ever wider, these young adults are turning more to casual encounters as a way to express and satisfy their sexual needs.”

Guilt, low self esteem and depressive episodes are among the symptoms of those presenting to professionals after casual sexual encounters resulting from Internet “hook-ups” and many professional counselors in Ireland are reporting that those presenting to them with these symptoms are more and more often from the young adult and teen age groups.

The development of the Internet has been a positive development for Irish society and has transformed they way in which we garner information and inform ourselves.

Eight in ten of all Irish households have access to the Internet at home. Over 60% of the population go online daily for email, to find information about goods and services, to engage in social networking and to access a variety of e-commerce and other services.  Young people in Ireland are to the fore in terms of Internet adoption and use, and have enthusiastically embraced online opportunities.

Respecting the rights of adults in society to express themselves and access material with out undue state censorship and protecting children from exposure to and influence of, inappropriate persons and content is a difficult task, which we as a society must undertake.

Over the past ten years the Internet has undergone a period of rapid growth and expansion. The prevalence of smart phone and Wi-Fi technology has made access to the Internet worryingly — child play like — simple. Parents are finding it increasingly difficult to monitor their children’s usage of and access to inappropriate material and contacts. The European Union and Ireland have been up to now, supportive of self-regulation of the Internet industry and additional governmental controls are now recommended. However the task of protecting our children cannot be left to either the industry or indeed to the government but also requires a focused campaign of education and training for parents and for children.