Gardai will be allowed to reveal the location of sex offenders
LEGISLATION allowing the Gardaí to tell people about sex offenders who may have access to their children will be brought in by the new government.
The Fine Gael-led minority government published a partnership document this week outlining what it plans to achieve over the term of the government.
The document states: “We will provide, in legislation, for disclosure by Gardaí of details on sex offenders where they believe public safety concerns exist, including disclosure in relevant circumstances to individual parents.”
It is understood the legislation provides for a risk assessment of offenders and allows for information about the offender to be disclosed.
It will not go as far as other jurisdictions, where details of all sex offenders and where they live would be publicly available.
However, it is understood Gardaí will have the ability to warn individual parents that a person who has access to their child is a convicted sex offender.
For instance, if a sex offender starts a relationship with a woman who already has children, but is not aware of his past, Gardaí will be allowed tell her.