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New legislation to allow electronic tagging for sex offenders

Minister for Justice Helen McEntee has published new legislation that will allow electronic tagging to be used for sex offenders as well as allowing Gardaí to disclose information about people on the sex offenders’ register in certain circumstances.

Ms. McEntee said that the Bill would strengthen the monitoring and management of these offenders.

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The legislation will also have stricter notification requirements which means sex offenders will have to notify Gardaí within three days when they are changing address, however, the current notification time is seven days.

Electronic monitoring as well as fingerprinting and photographing of the offender to confirm their identity will also be allowed under the new legislation.

The electronic tagging system will be implemented to ensure that an offender complies with a sex offender order or post-release supervision order.

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Gardaí will be allowed to disclose information relating to an individual on the sex offender register in situations where there is a serious threat to public safety.

Welcoming the new measures, Garda Commissioner Drew Harris said it was “a good method of managing the threat from sex offenders as they return to the community”.

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