120 sex offenders living in communities across Ireland

New figures show there are 120 sex offenders living in communities across Ireland who are subject to monitoring as part of post-release supervision orders.

According to data released by the Minister for Justice, the largest concentration is in the Dublin North and North-East areas, where 32 are living.

In the US, under the so-called Megan’s Law, State authorities disclose to the public the addresses of freed sex offenders.

While, in the UK, ‘Sarah’s Law’ allows parents to ask the police if someone who might have contact with their children has a criminal record for child sex offences.

However no such legal provision exists in Irish law and the Executive Director of 'One in Four', Maeve Lewis, says she doesn't think that should change.

"We don't support Megan's Law. We would support, perhaps, some version of Sarah's Law," she said.

"All the research around the world would show that when a sex offender is driven underground, that is when they are at their most dangerous.

"So while I can fully appreciate why parents would be concerned if a sex offender was living in their neighbourhood, I don't believe that's the way to go."


Email Updates

Receive our lunchtime briefing straight to your inbox

More in this Section

Mum says autistic son now homeless in hospital, calls on HSE to provide solution

Roscommon woman wins €500,000 on scratch card just one month after winning €25,000

Skeletal remains found washed up on Co Clare shore

Witness heard child scream on night father and 3-year-old son drowned in Dublin tragedy


Today's Stories

Farming survey: Farmers want a minister for Brexit

Champion ploughman dies in farm accident

Motorist forced to emigrate after wrongful conviction and driving ban

Government pledge to pass laws amid ‘hamstrung Dáil’ claims

Lifestyle

Decoding craftsmanship at Cork event

Cork a Safe Harbour for a superb festival

Made in Cork: Tom Vaughan-Lawlor talks playing IRA man in Maze film

More From The Irish Examiner