Published Tuesday, 20 August 2013
Gardaí are investigating the situation involving a teenage girl at Slane. (© Pacemaker)
The pictures went viral after being posted on social networking sites, causing them to even trend around the world on Twitter.
But it has since emerged that the girl is understood to be just 17 and, according to reports, she has been so distressed by the online images that she has had to be sedated in hospital.
Her family are also said to be distraught.
Armagh broadcaster and teacher Jarlath Burns told UTV that, due to his involvement in child protection issues in the school where he works, he has seen the impact such situations can have.
"You see first-hand the devastation and isolation felt by a child - and it turns out this is a child, this girl - when they do something foolish like this and they end up being punished in a way they never could have begun to imagine," he said.
This child is a victim of social media ... Anybody who has this tagged or has retweeted this – it is a criminal offence to view it and certainly to peddle it.
Jarlath Burns, teacher
Mr Burns also said that he doesn't feel this is a particularly "new" issue - except for the implications of such ready access to cameras and a worldwide audience.
"I was at Slane when I was younger and I would have seen stuff, even 20 years ago, that - if there had been social media and everyone had a camera in their pocket - could have ended up like this," he said.
"I don't particularly believe that we have moved away into an era of decadence to the extent that people think."
The incidents caught on camera also took place in full view of gig-goers at Slane, where around 80,000 people gathered to see US rapper Eminem.
But Mr Burns sympathises with the teenager and says the episode also puts differing attitudes to men and women in the spotlight, as the girl is not the only person in the pictures - but she is bearing the brunt of the criticism.
He has also warned that there could be repercussions for those sharing the explicit images.
"It is actually an offence to view a lewd picture involving an underage child - it is a paedophilic offence," the teacher said, urging people to take down the images from websites.
The age at which someone is considered a child in terms of explicit images is not necessarily the same as the age of consent.
In Northern Ireland, the age of consent is 16, but indecent images of children relate to anyone under 18. In the Republic of Ireland, the age of consent is 17 and indecent images relate to under 17s.
It is understood that gardaí have spoken to the girl in question and her family, who are thought to be from the west of Ireland, as part of their investigations into the situation.
Reports suggest that one of the young men involved may be from Belfast.
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