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IrelandUnder-18s should not have access to online pornography – Taoiseach

18:25  20 june  2019
18:25  20 june  2019 Source:   independent.ie

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The Taoiseach (/ˈtiːʃəx/ (listen)) is the prime minister and head of government of Ireland. The Taoiseach is appointed by the President upon the nomination of Dáil Éireann

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Under-18s should not have access to online pornography – Taoiseach An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has insisted that people aged under 18 years must not have access to online pornography.

Mr Varadkar’s comments come in the wake of the Ana Kriegel murder case and widespread calls to review laws governing online material.

As he arrived at an EU leaders’ summit in Brussels, the Taoiseach was asked if he believed people aged under-18 should have access to online pornography.

"I don’t think they should. If you go back to the past, when it came to pornographic magazines, it wasn’t possible to sell them to under-18s.  The internet has changed everything in that regard," Mr Varadkar told reporters.

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The UK government wants to stop anyone under 18 from accessing online pornography . There is also uncertainty as to whether the restrictions will be able to prevent children from accessing pornography , as they don’t apply to social media platforms that contain pornographic content, such

Historically, the most common means for under - 18 s to access explicit sexual content were via TV, films Filters are an important tool to help parents limit children’s exposure to pornography online but given the It also discusses whether schools should have a bigger role in educating children about

"Minors should not have access to pornography online. For adults, it’s their own business – but for children it’s different," he added.

Mr Varadkar said the UK was the first country to introduce anti-pornography controls on various social media platforms. He said the Justice Minister will now approach the UK authorities to see how it has worked after one year in operation.

"We always have to ask ourselves two questions. One, is it going to be effective? And two, could there be unintended consequences?" the Taoiseach added.

Under-18s should not have access to online pornography – Taoiseach Ana Kriegel Mr Varadkar also said he felt there was little need to establish a new Oireachtas committee to assess this issue. There was already a large number of committees and this issue could be dealt with by the communications committee.

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We should be shocked by the scale of the problem before us and galvanised into action. This is not about banning pornography , but protecting children While adults should remain free to exercise their right to consume pornography , children should not be made to carry the burden of that desire.

The Government has formally proposed that the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) be designated as the regulator for the age verification of online pornography in the UK. Age-verification barriers will help to prevent children accessing or stumbling across pornographic content online .

The Taoiseach was arriving at a two-day EU leaders’ summit tasked with picking replacements for four key jobs, including that of Commission President Jean Claude Juncker. He said he thought it would take another special leaders’ summit to unblock that issue.

Mr Varadkar also said leaders of the European People’s Party, to which Fine Gael is allied, expressed continuing solidarity with Ireland over Brexit. He said the UK’s change of Prime Minister does not mean the Withdrawal Agreement concluded by Theresa May can be re-opened.

The Taoiseach said the idea of extending Brexit beyond the October 31 deadline would face considerable hostility among other EU governments.

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