04 February 2015

Minister Fitzgerald marks 15th Anniversary of Hotline.ie

· Hotline.ie allows public to report illegal online content.
· Minister Fitzgerald commends ongoing partnership between Government,
industry and law enforcement
· 2,517 reports processed in the second half of 2014.

The  Minister  for  Justice  and  Equality,  Frances  Fitzgerald  TD  today acknowledged  the  15th anniversary of Hotline.ie and commended the website on its continued valuable work.

Commenting  on  the  excellent  work  that  the  Internet Service Providers Association  of Ireland is doing in running Hotline.ie, Minister Fitzgerald stated: "Hotline.ie is fighting against illegal content on the Internet and
in  particular  the  crime  of  child pornography. This ongoing partnership between  Government,  industry  and  law enforcement contributes greatly to combating crimes against children on the internet in Ireland."

Hotline.ie is the confidential reporting service for illegal content on the internet in Ireland. It provides the opportunity for members of the general public  to  make  anonymous  reports about suspected illegal content on the internet.  It  then analyses the reports and passes on the relevant reports to An Garda Síochána.

Members of the public are making reports to Hotline.ie in increasing numbers. In the second half of 2014 Hotline.ie processed almost as many reports (2,517) as received in the whole of 2013 (2,568).

Hotline.ie  is  one  of  four  partner  organisations  with  the Office for Internet  Safety  in the Department of Justice and Equality in the EU Safer Internet   Programme.  That  programme  provides  awareness  raising  about internet safety as well as help lines and the hotline in Ireland.

The  Minister  concluded  by extending her congratulations to the reporting service.

"I congratulate Hotline.ie on its first fifteen years in operation and hope to see this excellent work continued."