Stalking should be a standalone offence in Irish law, with those convicted facing up to 10 years in prison.
That's according to Mayo Fianna Fail Senator Lisa Chambers, who says the current laws on harassment do not adequately protect women against predatory men.
Senator Chambers has moved a new Bill on the matter to second stage in the Seanad, and says similar laws have been on the statute books in England, Scotland and Wales for over a decade.
The Mayo Senator says the crime of stalking has a severe and long-lasting impact on victims, and says the current legislation does not go far enough.
Speaking this evening with Paula Donnellan, she welcomed the progression of the new Bill to the next stage of the Seanad.....