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momentum TD says electronic tags for sex offenders should be introduced 'as soon as possible'

'I would like to see the speedy introduction of a pilot scheme so that we keep up the momentum on this issue'

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Minister Josepha Madigan. Photo: Frank McGrath

Minister Josepha Madigan. Photo: Frank McGrath

Minister Josepha Madigan. Photo: Frank McGrath

The electronic tagging of sex offenders should be introduced “as soon as possible” through a pilot scheme, a Fine Gael TD has said.

Minister Josepha Madigan was speaking as the Sex Offenders (Amendment) Bill was introduced at Second Stage in the Dáil last week by Minister for Justice Helen McEntee.

The Bill is part of ongoing Government efforts to ensure convicted sex offenders are effectively managed and monitored.

Minister Madigan said that the Bill will “strengthen” the country’s approach to dealing with sex offenders.

“Among other measures, the Bill provides for the introduction of electronic tagging which is a significant move to help prevent those convicted of sexual crimes from reoffending,” she said.

“We need to see the introduction of electronic tagging as soon as possible, but of course we must get it right.

“I would like to see the speedy introduction of a pilot scheme so that we keep up the momentum on this issue and see it introduced without delay, but also so we see what works and what doesn’t in practical terms.

“Another important element of the Bill is to amend the notification requirements for sex offenders, including that offenders will have to inform the Gardaí of a change of address within three days instead of the current seven days.

“This brings us in line with other jurisdictions, including the UK, and is an extremely important protection for communities,” she added.

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