Naughten is not the only one to Raise this, this Blog has written on this Paedophile Scandal for some years now. There are around 100 plus Paedos living unoticed in South Dublin alone, near Schools and Playgrounds. Same in Galway, Cork and other Counties. They are not being Monitered??? Why?

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Ireland has become ‘safe haven for convicted sex offenders’, Dáil hears

Ian Begley

 -04/11/2021

Ireland has become ‘a safe haven for convicted sex offenders’ due to a loophole in our legal system that must be closed, the Dáil has heard.

Independent TD Denis Naughten said on Wednesday it’s likely that missing paedophiles from the UK have fled to Ireland due to the Government’s ‘failure’ to modernise the law on the registration of sex offenders.Advertisementhttps://imasdk.googleapis.com/js/core/bridge3.487.0_en_gb.html#goog_191286710 seconds of 32 secondsVolume 0%This ad will end in 16 

Currently, a person convicted of a sex offence has seven days to notify the gardaí of his or her name and address. The same period also applies to sex offenders on entering the State.

Ireland has become ‘a safe haven for convicted sex offenders’ due to a loophole in our legal system that must be closed, the Dáil has heard. Pic: Shutterstock

However, in 2009, it was envisioned that the Sex Offenders’ Act 2001 would be reviewed to reduce this timeframe to three days.

At that time, then-justice minister Dermot Ahern said that a three-day notification period would ensure ‘that none of our jurisdictions becomes a safe haven for convicted sex offenders’.Advertisementhttps://imasdk.googleapis.com/js/core/bridge3.487.0_en_gb.html#goog_191286701 second of 30 secondsVolume 0% 

However, it has yet to come to pass 13 years later.

Independent TD Denis Naughten said on Wednesday it’s likely that missing paedophiles from the UK have fled to Ireland due to the Government’s ‘failure’ to modernise the law on the registration of sex offenders. Pic: Leah Farrell/RollingNews.ie

According to recent reports around 30 sex offenders go missing in the UK each year and the whereabouts of 500 people are unknown.

Mr Naughten said: ‘The failure to aternan close this loophole could have catastrophic implications for vulnerable children. ‘This is because any of these convicted rapists or paedophiles can visit Ireland from Britain or Northern Ireland unknown to the authorities and can roam around the country without registering with the Gardaí.

‘This also applies to convicted sex offenders released from prison in the Republic, who move from one location to another within this country.’

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In October, Junior Minister Hildegarde Naughton told the Dáil that the number of breaches of the Sex Offenders Act, as recorded by An Garda Síochána in the past 12 months, totalled 76. Pic: Shutterstock

Deputy Naughten said there have already been a number of instances where dangerous sex offenders wanted by the police either Northern Ireland or Britain were found in the Republic.

‘The reality is, the current law governing the conditions for registration, the Sex Offenders’ Act 2001, is not fit for purpose,’ he continued.

‘It is taking far too long to close off dangerous loopholes in the monitoring of high-risk sex offenders and leaves our system open for abuse.’

In October, Junior Minister Hildegarde Naughton told the Dáil that the number of breaches of the Sex Offenders Act, as recorded by An Garda Síochána in the past 12 months, totalled 76.

Deputy Naughten said there have already been a number of instances where dangerous sex offenders wanted by the police either Northern Ireland or Britain were found in the Republic. Pic: Leah Farrell/RollingNews.ie

Earlier this year the act came under further criticism when it was revealed that just one in eight offenders being released from prison have taken part in the State’s main treatment programme.

The voluntary therapy programme, Building Better Lives (BBL), is aimed at preventing offenders committing another crime after their release.

According to the Irish Prison Service’s psychology unit those who undergo BBL are more than 3.5 times less likely to reoffend compared to those who do not.

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