Dara Quigley took her own life after CCTV images of her arrest while naked on a Dublin street were shared 125,000 times. The recording was held by An Garda Síochána. No individual or organisation has ever been held responsible for this catastrophic violation of Dara’s rights. GSOC confirmed to the Irish Times that a garda accused of sharing the footage will not face criminal charges
On Wednesday 23 October, ICCL will bring Dara Quigley’s case to the Oireachtas Justice Committee. We need your support to make sure the media and general public hear about this too.
There are a number of ways you can raise your voice for #Justice4Dara:
1. Sign the petition calling on the Minister for Justice to take action.
2. Tweet your support using the hashtags #Justice4Dara and #NaturalDiamond on 23 October. We’ll be live tweeting proceedings from @ICCLtweet. You can also watch online: https://www.oireachtas.ie/en/oireachtas-tv/.
3. Write to the Oireachtas Justice Committee and demand they
- bring in laws against the creation and/or sharing of private sexual or intimate images without consent
- train gardaí about image-based sexual abuse and punish those who engage in it
- cease the unnecessary use of state CCTV surveillance
- demand greater transparency from social media companies about how they deal with image-based sexual abuse
Suggested text for members of the Oireachtas Justice Committee:
Dear Members of the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Justice and Equality,
I write to you in anticipation of the Irish Council for Civil Liberties’ appearance on 23 October, where they will bring the tragic case of Dara Quigley to your attention. Like ICCL, I have serious questions about Dara’s case, including:
- what are politicians and gardaí doing to ensure what happened to Dara can never happen again?
- why are there still no laws against image-based sexual abuse?
- why has no-one ever been held accountable for the abhorrent violation of Dara’s rights?
I support ICCL’s calls for legislation on image-based sexual abuse; for training for gardaí in this area; for an end to the unnecessary use of CCTV by the state; and for greater transparency from social media companies around regulation of harmful content.
Please keep me informed of any action you might take in this regard.
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4. Tell your friends, family and colleagues. Share media reports afterwards and help keep the pressure on.
Click here to read ICCL’s submission to the Justice Committee on Gendered Online Harassment.
We are grateful to our members, whose continued support makes work like this possible.