O'Dea urges sex offender register


A call to set up a register for sex offenders to ensure that all convicted offenders undergo treatment programmes in prison has been made by Fianna Fail. Mr Willie O'Dea, the party's spokesman on Law Reform, said that the latest so called "sex tariff" case in Dublin pointed to the urgent need for such a register. A register of offenders should also be kept in each Garda division throughout the State. He said that by the end of this year, 109 of the 234 sex offenders currently held in prison would be back on the streets and totally free from State supervision. "The lack of follow up or monitoring facilities for released sex offenders is a damning indictment of our criminal justice system."