Anonymous social media accounts are allowing "serious forms of abuse and harassment" to take place online.
That's according to Monaghan councillor Aoife McCooey.
It comes as the National Women's Council has launched a Social Media Toolkit for political parties.
The NWC says political parties must improve their support structures for female candidates to deal with 'relentless' online abuse.
It recommends a range of measures, including counselling services for abuse victims, and internal surveys to collect data.
Speaking to Northern Sound, Councillor McCooey warned that online anonymity allows people to say things they would never say face-to-face: