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Morning top 5: New laws to tackle 'revenge porn'; Maduro defiant after unrest

Government Ministers will consider new laws combating revenge porn and online harassment this mor...
Michael Staines
Michael Staines

06.54 1 May 2019


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Morning top 5: New laws to tackle 'revenge porn'; Maduro defiant after unrest

Michael Staines
Michael Staines

06.54 1 May 2019


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Government Ministers will consider new laws combating revenge porn and online harassment this morning.

The Justice Minister has decided to accept a Labour Party bill that also targets threatening messages sent online.

The bill would create new criminal offences around revenge porn and the sharing of indecent images of someone without their consent.

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It will also extend the laws around harassment to take in messages sent online and create a specific offence of stalking.

One amendment under consideration would introduce a separate offence to deal with up-skirting.

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The head of the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation says April was the worst month for hospital overcrowding since records began.

The INMO said some 10,229 patients were forced to wait for a bed on trolleys or in wards last month.

It marks a 125% increase on the same month in 2006 – when the union began taking its record.

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Venezuela's president Nicolás Maduro has accused opposition supporters of trying to impose an "illegitimate government" after a day of intense violence.

Yesterday opposition leader Juan Guaido called on the military to back him in what he called the "final phase" of his plan to oust President Maduro.

Around 50 protesters were hospitalised after armoured vehicles drove into them during the unrest.

Mr Guaido has urged the protesters not to be intimidated – while the Government said it was confronting a small group of "military traitors."

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Two people have been killed and four others are injured following a shooting at a university in the US.

The campus at UNC Charlotte was put into lockdown after a gunman opened fire overnight.

Three of those who were injured in the attack are said to be in a critical condition.

Police said a suspect is in custody and they don't believe anyone else was involved.

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The Simon Communities are calling for stronger tenant protections to help reduce record homeless figures.

Figures released last night show there were 10,305 people in emergency accommodation last month, the highest number ever recorded.

Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy said "considerable efforts" are being made to tackle the crisis.

The Simon communities said it is concerned that the pressure on the Government to address the crisis will lessen as people increasingly become accustomed to the idea of thousands of people living in homelessness.


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