From the Indo HERE
On one hand I do have to commend Mr. Shatter for his stance in regards to this. However, I do think he is being naive in thinking that the Gardai will do anything in relation to this issue.JUSTICE minister Alan Shatter has urged cyber-bullying victims across Ireland to contact the gardai.In the wake of a number of recent high-profile teen suicides linked to online abuse, Mr Shatter said laws existed to punish those behind such harassment.
"I would urge anyone who is the victim of any kind of bullying, including cyber-bullying, to report it to the gardai," he said.
"I would also urge parents and other family members to support and encourage victims in doing so."
They simply do not want to know. The majority of Gardai are most likely unaware that there are laws in place in regards to this issue, considering how poor their grasp of more common laws can be.
As per usual, this issue comes to light in the wake of deaths and a lot of hand wringing and navel gazing occurs, but as soon as its no longer a newsworthy issue, off it goes until another teenager takes their own life.
My experience of the Gardai is that they are an extremely lazy organisation who won't do anything unless they absolutely have to or if their ego is threatened. They have a long history of ignoring teenagers in crisis, even laughing at claims of abuse on occasion.
So, whilst I shall again commend Mr. Shatter for his stance, I do think it's an empty gesture until we have a police force that works for all the community.