There is no specific stalking legislation in Ireland.
This campaign was founded by Eve McDowell and Una Ring to change this
and to provide support to those experiencing stalking.
My name is Eve McDowell and back in 2018 I unfortunately became a victim of stalking. My situation escalated morbidly and throughout the whole ordeal I felt rather clueless and vulnerable. I was absolutely shocked to discover that there is no specific law against stalking in Ireland and could find very little information or relevant advice online. What I have learnt in the last two years is that stalking is a much more common issue than people might realise. We want to make a difference by supporting other victims, raising awareness about the dangers of stalking and campaign for a stand alone stalking offence.
My name is Una Ring and early in 2020, my stalking nightmare began. It was the most harrowing experience of my life. To know that I was being hunted and having to constantly look over my shoulder was completely exhausting and debilitating. I used to wake up and think “is this the day that I get abducted, raped and murdered? Is today the day that my kids lose their mam?” My stalker ended up being sentenced to 7 years in prison with the last 2 years suspended, 5 years probation, a lifelong no contact order and will be placed on the Sex Offenders Register when released. Having defined laws against stalking and educating the public and the Gardaí as to the seriousness of the crime of stalking, can and will save lives. We hope that the changes needed to live safer lives start here.
Legislation for stalking in Ireland NOW!
At present in Ireland, there is no law that defines stalking as a crime. We need to change that. We are calling on the government to urgently enact clear and concise stalking legislation in Ireland.