Publishedduration1 hour agoimage copyrightGetty Imagesimage captionGardaí have said they are "aware of reports" of the sharing of a large number of intimate images without consent

Tougher new laws will be enacted after thousands of images of Irish women were shared online without consent, the Irish justice minister has said.

Writing on social media, Helen McEntee said the incident had "caused so much upset and anger".

Gardaí (Irish police) confirmed they were investigating.

In a statement, gardaí said they were "aware of the reports" and the organised and serious crime unit had "commenced probative enquires".

It is understood some of the content relates to minors, and was shared by users in a number of online forums.