Fine Gael Senator Michael D’Arcy has welcomed Minister for Justice Alan Shatter’s confirmation that provisions for an Irish version of “Megan’s Law” will be included in upcoming legislation. Minister Shatter was responding to a Bill submitted by Independent TD Denis Naughten.
Michael debating with Minister Shatter in the Seanad
Legislation expected shortly
While details of the Bill are not yet clear, it is thought it will include the formation of the Information on Child Sex Offenders Scheme (ICSO), where concerned parents can request information from the Gardai for child protection reasons. The legislation is expected in the coming weeks.
Megan's Law approach welcomed
Speaking today, Senator D’Arcy said: “I commend Minister Shatter’s decision to include an Irish style “Megan’s Law” in upcoming legislation. I have long been calling for these mechanisms to be put in place. As far back as 2006 I highlighted the need to legislate on this issue. Both Megan’s Law in the US and Sarah’s Law in the UK were introduced after the tragic murders of Megan Kanka and Sarah Payne by sex offenders who were living among the community without the knowledge of parents. I am glad it has not taken a similar tragedy here to stir the Government into action.
Parents have a right to know
As the father of two young children, I always worry about the dangers that may exist in our community. While it is part and parcel of life that we'll never have a world which is as safe for our children as we would like, we must, in a civilised and ordered society, expect that we will have all the information that we can reasonably obtain regarding their safety. I hope that these measures will go some way in securing information and our children’s security.”