Conference: Ridicule, Abuse and Trolling – How to handle online harassment

RIDICULE, ABUSE AND TROLLING – How to handle online harassment: This seminar for NUJ members includes a keynote by Dr Eoin O’Dell of TCD’s School of Law on the Higgins and Rabbite e-communication bills along with inputs from Sinead O’Carroll, news editor with, Karlin Lillington, Irish Times tech journalist, barrister Fergal Crehan along with plenty of time for questions and answers sessions.

It takes place on Saturday, September 5, Connolly Room, Liberty Hall, Dublin 1, 12 noon till 4pm. Book your place now with EventBrite:

And if you have any queries, contact Therese Caherty at


Introduction / welcome – Therese Caherty

12 noon – 1.30pm

A Question of Balance: Free Speech and Online Abuse
with Dr Eoin O’Dell, School of Law, TCD

Eoin O’Dell examines the Rabbitte and Higgins Bills on e-communication, particularly in relation to the need to protect and reflect the importance of free speech. He also touches on legal avenues open to those who experience online harassment.

Keynote followed by Q & A

2.15pm – 4pm

Panel Discussion
Chaired by Gerard Cunningham, Dublin Freelance Branch

Feedback or Trolling? How digital journalists cope with the online community
Sinead O’Carroll, news editor, TheJournal

Out of Harm’s Way: Tech tools to keep you safe online
Karlin Lillington, technology journalist, The Irish Times

Online Harrassment – Rights, responsibilities and legal solutions
Fergal Crehan, BL

Block Rockin Tweets – Women & the Takedown of Trolls
Fiona Kenny, online writer, social media manager & trainer