Dáil laptop reportedly seized as part of investigation into viewing of child abuse material 1 month ago

Dáil laptop reportedly seized as part of investigation into viewing of child abuse material

The laptop was seized as part of an investigation into alleged breaches of the Child Trafficking and Pornography Act.

A man who works for a TD has been accused of viewing child abuse material and has had a laptop seized by Gardaí, according to reports.

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The Irish Independent reports that two internal Leinster House committees earlier this week were requested to waive the parliamentary privilege that applies to politicians’ documents so that Gardaí could access the Oireachtas-issued laptop.

It also says that the man accused of viewing the child abuse material online has not been arrested but is being investigated for alleged breaches of the Child Trafficking and Pornography Act.

As part of the probe, the paper states that Gardaí are examining any electronic device the man has access to or owns.

The TD that the man works for has not been accused of any wrongdoing and is not being identified for legal reasons.

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In a statement to JOE, a Garda spokesperson said: "Gardaí are currently investigating allegations made against a male relating to the viewing of child abuse material online contrary to the provisions of Child Trafficking and Pornography Act, 1998."