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Monaghan councillors call on Government to 'penalise' bullies

Jan 13, 2022 13:01 By News Northern Sound
Monaghan councillors call on Government to 'penalise' bullies Monaghan councillors call on Government to 'penalise' bullies
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Cuncillor Seamus Coyle says the lack of sanctions on bullying in the community needs urgent attention.

There has been a call locally for the Government to implement clear penalties in relation to bullying within communities.

Monaghan councillor Seamus Coyle stated that the lack of responsibility and sanctions on those who carrying out bullying in schools, workplaces, care facilities and homes needed urgent attention.

He made reference to the tragic death of Cavan student Eden Heaslip who died by suicide last year following severe bullying over a number of years.

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Despite councillor Brian McKenna highlighting that there was 'enough legislation' and the focus should be on finding the culprits, all councillors agreed to pass the motion and seek action from the Government and relevant stakeholders:

Meanwhile, a local rural youth group has raised over €8,000 for the "Be Buddies Not Bullies" campaign.

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It was set up in memory of the late Eden Heaslip to raise money for Irish anti-bullying charities in his name.

Carrigallen Macra organised a tractor run on the 2nd of January.

Money raised from this usually goes to a local charity, but Carrigallen Macra's secretary, Sinead O'Reilly, told the Joe Finnegan Show everyone was in agreement that the money should go to the Eden Heaslip initiative:

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