Aontú leader Peadar Tóibín TD has this evening written to the website forum Reddit demanding that they delete content on their website which features images of Irish women and girls, without their permission or consent.

Deputy Tóibín said: “I was utterly shocked when my attention was first drawn to the fact that this week a number of photographs of Irish women and girls were published on the Reddit website, without their consent or permission. Some of these images are of a sexual nature. Much hurt and distress has been caused to the girls in question. Today I wrote to the site to urgently request that they delete an article from their website”.

Deputy Tóibín continued: “A petition to make revenge pornography a criminal offense trended for much of the day on twitter yesterday. TDs have been raising the matter in the Dáil today and there has been much rightful public outrage. Horrifically, despite this, the link to your website remains live. Given the hurt this has caused to many Irish girls and women, coupled with the fact that some of these images reportedly feature underage girls, I am demanding that Reddit deactivate this link immediately”.

“The Reddit website says that they “are trying to build a friendly community… free from abuse, harassment and general toxicity”. I think everyone would concede that the content available on the link I reference is incredibly damaging and not in line with Reddit’s own rules and sentiments. I have raised this matter directly with the Minister for Justice and the Minister for Media and asked them to take steps also”, concluded Deputy Tóibín.