Government planning new law on child sex-offender register
on 11/10/2013 13:20:31
The Bill from former Fine Gael TD Denis Naughten would give parents the right to find out if anyone dealing with their child is a convicted child sex offender.
The Government has agreed to pass the Bill at this stage, but says it is planning its own new laws to deal with the issue.
Deputy Naughten says currently there are shortcomings in how children in Ireland are protected.
"The gardaí are not specifically, statutorily, empowered to share relevant intelligence with parents, guardians and other carers of children for the purpose of enabling them to take steps to safeguard children and vulnerable adults who may be at risk," said Deputy Naughten.
Responding for the Government, Junior Minister Brian Hayes said the Government would bring forward its own proposals to monitor child abusers.
"Any debate that helps us consider how we can best protect our children is to be most welcome indeed," said Deputy Hayes.