Irish People Had Very Strong But Mixed Opinions About This Controversial Programme On Irish TV Last Night

A few people felt that this shouldn't have been allowed on air

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Wednesday night saw Virgin Media One broadcast a very controversial programme that got lots of people talking online.

'Paedophile Hunters' followed a group who's aim is to 'lure' and track down Ireland's known and unknown paedophiles.

The group use various online chatrooms to get in touch with potential paedophiles as a decoy from the group poses as a child.

The decoy will have an online profile of a child followed by some information about the child's name and age and will chat with the potential paedophile on site.

If a 'meet-up' is organised between the decoy and the potential sex offender, the group more often than not will follow the decoy to the meet up spot and film the 'meet-up' on their Facebook page.

The insightful programme had people on edge about whether this is the right way to approach such a sensitive subject.

One person said that while these people aren't "tactically, legally or psychologically trained for this line of work...it would go a long way to ensure that sufficient evidence was handed over to the Gardaí."

However another said that they found the group "annoying" because of their "chain smoking, passive aggressive [behaviour] to Gardai and all round scummyness."

"They're idiots, and their brand of 'justice' prevents any real justice from ever being handed out - and actively hinders the Gardaí. All in the name of getting their 15 minutes."

What did you think of the programme or what do you think of these groups?

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Darragh Berry

Darragh is a Mayo GAA fan for all his sins. He taught himself how to play guitar at the age of 11 and hasn't stopped playing Wonderwall since. Gets lost on the streets of Dublin as frequently as Mayo lose All-Ireland Finals. Contact - darragh@lovin.com

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