Face­book crit­i­cised for al­low­ing Jas­tine mur­derer to have pub­lic me­mo­rial page

The Irish Mail on Sunday - - NEWS - By Deb­bie McCann

FACE­BOOK has been crit­i­cised for al­low­ing a pub­lic me­mo­rial page to be cre­ated for Jas­tine Valdez’s mur­derer, Mark Hen­nessy.

Out­reach Ire­land – which has been as­sist­ing the fam­ily of the 24-year-old Filipino stu­dent since she was ab­ducted and killed in May – wants the so­cial net­work­ing firm to im­ple­ment a pol­icy pre­vent­ing killers be­ing pub­licly memo­ri­alised.

The non-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion told the Ir­ish Mail on Sun­day last night that the pain in­flicted by Hen­nessy ‘will last for many gen­er­a­tions and ev­ery time his name is men­tioned or heard it brings this pain to the sur­face again for those di­rectly and in­di­rectly af­fected’.

Hen­nessy had his Face­book page memo­ri­alised re­cently. This is where a de­ceased per­son’s page is turned into a venue for fam­ily and friends to share mem­o­ries. The page is open to the pub­lic.

In a state­ment to the MoS, Out­reach Ire­land said: ‘We re­spect that ev­ery­one has the right to grieve af­ter the loss of a sig­nif­i­cant per­son in their lives. We ac­knowl­edge the Hen­nessy fam­ily are also griev­ing. We are aware that Face­book has a pol­icy in re­la­tion to ei­ther re­mov­ing or memo­ri­al­is­ing the Face­book page of a de­ceased rel­a­tive; we are also aware that it is a rel­a­tive of the de­ceased that would make this de­ci­sion.

‘But Out­reach Ire­land feels that it would be more ap­pro­pri­ate for any me­mo­rial for Mark Hen­nessy to be pri­vate and not posted on a pub­lic fo­rum. While Face­book will al­ways have con­tro­ver­sial con­tent, we feel there should be a pol­icy to pre­vent in­di­vid­u­als like this from be­ing pub­licly memo­ri­alised.’

Face­book failed to re­spond when asked if it had any pol­icy in re­la­tion to memo­ri­al­is­ing crim­i­nals on its so­cial net­work­ing site.

Mean­while, a court heard this week that crim­i­nal pro­ceed­ings are be­ing con­sid­ered against the armed garda who shot Hen­nessy, 40, at Cher­ry­wood Busi­ness Park in south Dublin, on May 20 af­ter he had ab­ducted and killed Jas­tine as she was walk­ing home in Wick­low.

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