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Sinn Fein meets Sex Offenders Strategic Management Committee over Foley case concerns

8 February, 2008


Omagh Sinn Féin Councillor Sean Clarke has received assurances from representatives of the Sex Offenders Strategic Management Committee (NISOSMC) that convicted sex offender Eamon Foley, who has taken up residence in the Gortin area that he represents, will be subject to the most stringent of monitoring mechanisms and punitive sanctions available within the MASRAM Programme.

The MASRAM Programme is the co-ordinated multi-agency programme designed to manage the risks to the community posed by sex offenders.

Cllr Clarke said,

"Through the auspices of Pat Doherty MP's office, I along with Omagh Sinn Fein Council Group Leader Cllr Declan McAleer met with Sex Offenders Strategic Management Committee representatives William Mc Cauley (Strategy & Policy Co-ordinator) and Nick Carson (Head of Communications) at Stormont this morning to seek guarantees that the local MASRAM process is sufficiently robust and capable of dealing with the presence of Eamon Foley in Gortin.

"The NISOSMC officials acknowledged the level of fear and apprehension that has taken hold in the Gortin area since Foley's arrival and especially given the tragic consequences of failings in the system in other high profile cases in the West Tyrone area.

"The NISOSMC officials said that in this case Foley, as a Level 3 Sex Offender, is being subject to the most stringent of monitoring mechanisms and punitive sanctions available within the law namely a Sex Offenders Prevention Order (SOPO) which means that if he breaks any of the following conditions he will be immediately arrested and a 5 year prison sentence imposed:

  • That he does not drink alcohol;
  • That he does not drive or be in charge of a vehicle;
  • That he does not make any solicitated or unsolicitated approaches to elderly people;
  • That he doesn't break his curfew.

"While this can not fully assuage local fears it is clear that all the relevant authorities are taking their responsibilities extremely seriously in this case and are determined to ensure that the community is afforded the fullest possible protection and assurance." ENDS

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