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IrelandLocals to be told names and addresses of sex offenders living nearby under new law

10:50  12 september  2019
10:50  12 september  2019 Source:   dublinlive.ie

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Close neighbours and school principals are to be told names and addresses of dangerous sex offenders living in their midst.

Under a raft of new laws, gardai will be able to make the disclosures in the interests of public safety.

And Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan will press ahead with the electronic tagging of those deemed high-risk.

He told Dublin Live: “I understand the concern some communities have in relation to offenders and particularly sex offenders.

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Locals to be told names and addresses of sex offenders living nearby under new law
Locals to be told names and addresses of sex offenders living nearby under new law
Locals to be told names and addresses of sex offenders living nearby under new law
Locals to be told names and addresses of sex offenders living nearby under new law
Locals to be told names and addresses of sex offenders living nearby under new law
Locals to be told names and addresses of sex offenders living nearby under new law
Locals to be told names and addresses of sex offenders living nearby under new law
Locals to be told names and addresses of sex offenders living nearby under new law
Locals to be told names and addresses of sex offenders living nearby under new law
Locals to be told names and addresses of sex offenders living nearby under new law
Locals to be told names and addresses of sex offenders living nearby under new law
Locals to be told names and addresses of sex offenders living nearby under new law
Locals to be told names and addresses of sex offenders living nearby under new law
Locals to be told names and addresses of sex offenders living nearby under new law
Locals to be told names and addresses of sex offenders living nearby under new law
Locals to be told names and addresses of sex offenders living nearby under new law
Locals to be told names and addresses of sex offenders living nearby under new law
Locals to be told names and addresses of sex offenders living nearby under new law
Locals to be told names and addresses of sex offenders living nearby under new law
Locals to be told names and addresses of sex offenders living nearby under new law
Locals to be told names and addresses of sex offenders living nearby under new law
Locals to be told names and addresses of sex offenders living nearby under new law
Locals to be told names and addresses of sex offenders living nearby under new law
Locals to be told names and addresses of sex offenders living nearby under new law
Locals to be told names and addresses of sex offenders living nearby under new law
Locals to be told names and addresses of sex offenders living nearby under new law
Locals to be told names and addresses of sex offenders living nearby under new law
Locals to be told names and addresses of sex offenders living nearby under new law
Locals to be told names and addresses of sex offenders living nearby under new law
Locals to be told names and addresses of sex offenders living nearby under new law
Locals to be told names and addresses of sex offenders living nearby under new law

“Recognising this, my Department is working on new legislation to enhance the way convicted sex offenders are assessed, managed, and supervised or monitored.

“In the interim, it is important to make the point current law does allow the courts to impose conditions on sex offenders after release from prison.”

Yesterday, it was revealed there are more than 40 living in Ireland who are at “high” or “very high” risk of reoffending.

In all, 146 people released from prison after serving sentences for serious sexual crimes were being monitored under the Sex Offender Risk Assessment and Management Scheme at the beginning of this year.

Locals to be told names and addresses of sex offenders living nearby under new law © Collins Photo Agency Charlie Flanagan

Some of these committed crimes including rape and defilement of a child.

Dublin Live understands only a “minimum number of people necessary” to avert risk will be given the information on a confidential basis.

And the measure will only be used in circumstances where the registered sex offender remains a clear and present danger.

The laws will provide disclosure of the offender’s identity, where they are living and the threat they pose.

Another new measure is a legal framework to introduce trained assessment teams to evaluate the danger posed by sex offenders after release from jail.

These may include senior gardai, probation and prison officers along with officials from the Child and Family Agency and housing agencies.

Before information is disclosed, the garda must be satisfied the move would not provoke public disorder, physical harm, intimidation or damage to property.

Locals to be told names and addresses of sex offenders living nearby under new law © PA Wire A person wearing a electronic tag

And the State will also have the legal right to impose an outright ban on sexual offenders from ever working with children or the vulnerable.

In that case the vulnerable includes those with a mental, intellectual or physical disability or illness or is suffering from a physical impairment resulting from injury, illness or age.

The disclosure of information about dangerous offenders living in the community is broadly similar to the so-called “Sarah’s Law” in the UK.

That gives parents in Britain the right to ask the police if someone with access to their son or daughter has been convicted of child abuse.

UK police officers can reveal details on a confidential basis if they think it is in the child’s best interests.

Sarah’s law was the result of a campaign spearheaded by Sara Payne, whose eight-year-old daughter Sarah was murdered by a convicted sex offender in West Sussex 19 years ago.

In the US, Megan’s Law requires State authorities to disclose information to the public. Again it took the death of a child and a major campaign by the victim’s family to change the law.

Megan Kanka was just eight when she was raped and murdered by a convicted child molester who had moved in across the street from her family without their knowledge.

Yesterday, the Justice Department told Dublin Live the new legislation followed a comprehensive review of current law and how it is administered.

Mr Flanagan added: “The Bill is with the office of Parliamentary Counsel for drafting.

“The Department is working with that office to progress this important work.”

The new laws will amend the Sex Offenders Act 2001. Other legal changes mean sex criminals must tell gardai where they are living within three days of their release from custody – rather than the current seven days.

They also have just three days to report any change of address.

And officers will also be given powers to release an offender’s name, address, description, age and photographs if they go missing.

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