Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Equality, Immigration and Integration Fiona O’Loughlin TD has backed calls from the CEO of the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre to make upskirting a criminal offence.

Deputy O’Loughlin explained, “Upskirting is the act of taking an unsolicited image up a woman’s skirt or dress. This week it was made a criminal and sexual offence in the England and Wales and those convicted face up to two years in jail and potentially being put on the sex offenders register.

“I fully support DRCC’s calls for Ireland to follow suit and believe that our legislation should reflect the changing nature of technology. Let there be no doubt about it, upskirting is a form of sexual assault, and the victims are violated in a terrible way with the hurt further compounded if the image is circulated.

“I will be seeking a meeting with Noeline Blackwell and the Rape Crisis Centre in order to discuss how we can work together and proceed with this much needed legislation.

“Offenders need to know that there are serious consequences to this deviant behaviour. As legislators we need to send a clear message that this will not be accepted”, concluded Deputy O’Loughlin.