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Regional breakdown of sex offenders being supervised following release

NewsBy Shuki Byrne
All offenders subject to the notification requirements are monitored at the Garda National Bureau of Criminal Investigation
All offenders subject to the notification requirements are monitored at the Garda National Bureau of Criminal Investigation

Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald has revealed there are 94 convicted sex offenders being supervised by the Probation Service following their release.

In response to a question from Deputy Denis Naughton, Minister Fitzgerald confirmed the 94 offenders are currently being monitored in the community under post-release supervision orders. 

Many sex offenders who have been deemed by the courts to be of significant risk of re-offending are sometimes required to cooperate with a period of supervision. 

All offenders subject to the notification requirements are monitored by the Sex Offender Management and Intelligence Unit (SOMIU) at the Garda National Bureau of Criminal Investigation. 

Approximately 1,000 offenders are required to notify Gardai of their addresses and whether they intend on moving into an area. They are also required to tell Gardai if they intend to leave the State. 

However, those who are to ordered cooperate with post-release supervision are often required treatment, which may include psychological counselling. 

A regional breakdown of the 94 sex offenders being monitored across the country was revealed. 

  • Dublin North, Meath and Louth: 24
  • Dublin South and Wicklow: 22
  • Midlands and South East: 15
  • South West: 12
  • West and North West (including Westmeath): 21

"The Sex Offenders Act 2001 contains a comprehensive series of provisions aimed at protecting children and other persons," Fitzgerald said. "Part 2 of the Act makes persons convicted of a range of sexual offences subject to notification requirements.

"All offenders subject to the notification requirements are monitored by the Sex Offender Management and Intelligence Unit (SOMIU) at the Garda National Bureau of Criminal Investigation. The Unit is supported by Garda Inspectors nominated in each Garda Division throughout the State. I am informed that the nominated Inspector in each Division has access to all necessary resources within his/her Division to assist him/her in carrying out his/her duties. 

"Where An Garda Síochána becomes aware that an offender subject to the notification requirements has breached those requirements, appropriate action is taken, including circulation through PULSE of their information, as well as inquiries to identify their current whereabouts. I am advised that the appropriate level of monitoring is carried out by An Garda Síochána and that all breaches of the requirements which come to notice are pursued."

Unlike the law in the UK, the Irish public are not entitled to check the register to ascertain if an individual has been convicted. In Britain, it is possible to inquire as to whether a man or a woman is on the sex offenders' register.