IRISH POLITICIANS have vowed "to put manners on you" if you cross the line of online decorum. That's an underlying theme of the Irish government as it keeps the country in step towards austerity.
The Minister for Communications, Mr Pat Rabbitte, "plans to legislate for the regulation of social media in order to prevent the sending of 'menancing' messages via websites such as Facebook and Twitter. 
The Irish Minister for the Environment, Mr Phil Hogan, called menacing reporters "knackers" last week because they hounded him in Doha when the rest of the Irish government was on the airwaves announcing another round of cuts to social spending. The hounding Hogan received caused his press secretary to leave her job. 
So expectations are high that the Oireachtas Communications Committee this week will unveil its conclusions on the abuse of politicians in social media. Abuse contributed to the suicide of Shane McEntee, a junior minister, last December. "The Minister will be signaling his intention to broaden the scope pf the communications regulations to embrace all forms of electronic communications," said a spokesman for Rabbitte.