Social Media Companies should ban nek nomination postings – Breen

February 11th, 2014 - Pat Breen

Clare T.D. and Chairman of the Oireachtas Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade Pat Breen T.D. has today (Tuesday) called on the various Social Media Companies including Facebook, You Tube and Twitter to ban nek nomination postings. Deputy Breen’s plea to the social networking company comes follow the recent death of Johnny Byrne in Carlow and his father’s subsequent appearance on the Late Late Show.

“This craze of neknomination which originated in Australia has swept through the Country and tragically is has led to the death recently of Johnny Byrne in Carlow. And I would like to extend my sympathy to his family on their sad loss. In England, there are been similar deaths reported due to this craze.

This so called game which calls for one person to film themselves while they quickly drink large amounts of alcohol needs to stop before further lives are lost. In these attempts to outdo one another, people become incredibly reckless and in many videos are seen drinking multiple beers and shots of spirits within the space of a couple minutes.

In the depth of their tragedy, the Byrne family is showing enormous courage. His brother Patrick has organised an online campaign while his father displayed tremendous bravery by appearing on the Late Late Show on Friday night last, just one week after Johnny’s death. By highlighting how this dangerous practice has left them without their son and brother, they are hoping that others will be discouraged and that this craze will end.”

And it is not just these drinking crazes which are being promoted on Social Media. There are other crazes such as ‘skidnominating’ which is also of concern. “Skidnominating” focuses on people doing skids and burnouts in their cars and this is not only dangerous to those involved, but it could also prove dangerous to bystanders. This type of reckless behaviour cannot be encouraged and steps should be taken by the various social media companies to ban all these types of postings immediately.

Finally, I would encourage young people not to get involved in these online crazes. They are dangerous and they will ultimately lead to tragedy. Anyone who is any doubt as to their risks should read the words of Joe Byrne.” “”‘It has cost my son his life. The whole family is devastated and our lives will never be the same again. I hope this message is heeded because for us, life is virtually over.’