Update: Family of woman who died by suicide after being bullied online holds vigil outside Leinster House

Update 4.20pm: The family of a young woman, who took her own life after being bullied online, has held a vigil outside Leinster House.

21-year-old Nicole Fox Fenlon from Clondalkin in Dublin died by suicide in January.

Her mum Jackie wants cyberbullying to be made an offence and for online bullies to be held to account.

She says Nicole was bullied for years through social media.

"She was told 'to go die, we're going to put you on life support machines, we're going to kill you, we're going to beat you up'," said Ms Fox.

"They all joined in on group chats and all said what they had to say about her - but it's not an offence.

"It's not an offence in Ireland. It is in loads of other countries but it's not an offence in Ireland to threaten someone's life on social media."

Earlier: Dublin mother whose daughter died by suicide campaigns for new anti-bullying legislation

A Dublin mother whose daughter died by suicide is campaigning to make online bullying a criminal offence.

Nicole Fox Fenlon, 21, from Clondalkin took her own life in January, after years of abuse on social media and in person.


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Speaking to 98FM's Dublin Talks, her mother Jackie said that she was told that the people who bullied Nicole have not broken any laws.

"We're meeting outside the Dáil today to try and get a law passed," she said.

"If it's physical abuse, yeah, we can do something about it, [but] if it's online, there is no law against it whatsoever to make anybody accountable for bullying online."

- Digital desk


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