The Minister for Justice & Law Reform, Mr Dermot Ahern T.D. today launched the 2009 Annual Report of the Irish Internet Hotline which revealed that fewer users were encountering content illegal under Irish law.
But he again urged the public to be vigilant when on the internet and immediately report child pornography or other illicit content to the confidential hotline.
Speaking at the launch, the Minister said: "There has been a decline in users coming across illegal content judging by an analysis of the figures. This decline would suggest that the public simply do not encounter illegal content with the same frequency as in previous years. Similar conclusions have been reported by other hotlines.
"This is welcome news but we have to do everything within our powers to crackdown on child abuse images on the internet. International co-operation and police work has led to success in countering child abuse images on the Internet and bringing those who post and access such sites to justice."
The Minister said that the Hotline report outlined a case of child pornography being hosted in the Republic of Ireland. "Within five hours of the complaint being investigated by the Gardai and Hotline.ie, the content was removed. This underlines yet again the vital role the Internet users play."