Monday, February 14, 2011

Fine Gael pledges law to tag sex offenders within 12 months + ‘Sarah’s Law’ on sex offenders

Cllr Regina Doherty welcomed today the Fine Gael plans to tag convicted sex offenders within 12 months of forming a new government.“In 2010 there were nearly 2,400 sexual offences recorded in Ireland. Yet sex offenders are being granted remission and released back into our communities often without having received rehabilitation and without proper supervision on release.“More than 98 sex offenders will be released this year. Only 22 of them have undergone rehabilitation therapy. While tagging cannot be implemented retrospectively, this situation should never have evolved. Fine Gael will, if elected, introduce legislation to address the issue as a matter of urgency. In Ratoath last year we had a case where a sex offender was to be housed to allow him to be  “reintegrated” back into society, without the knowledge of the residents of Ratoath.  This is not acceptable and will not happen under a Fine Gael governenment.”  “As far back as January 2009 former Justice Minister Dermot Ahern promised to legislate for the introduction of electronic tagging but like many of his promises it never happened. If elected Fine Gael will do what the current Government could only talk about.“Fine Gael has long held the view that the tagging of sex offenders is the only foolproof way of monitoring the movements of convicted sex offenders on their release from prison and is the best means of protecting people in our communities.“We also believe that Gardaí need every power to collect ‘soft information’ related to child offenders. Accordingly, we will adopt into Irish law the provisions of the UK ‘Sarah’s Law’. This will allow parents, guardians and carers to ask Gardaí whether people who have access to their child have committed child sexual offences. Gardaí would then have the option to reveal the information, or take further action if they believe there is further risk.”

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