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Minister has questions to answer over release of convicted sex offender – Ó Clochartaigh

24 November, 2015

Sinn Féin Senator Trevor Ó Clochartaigh has expressed serious concerns about the manner in which a sexual abuse survivor has been treated by the Department of Justice. Referring to the case of a Galway woman who recently learned that her abuser had been released from custody and is now under house arrest, Senator Ó Clochartaigh said:

“This is a very disturbing case. The woman in question was never notified by the Department, the Gardaí, or the Prison Service that the man sentenced to five years in prison for abusing her in March of this year is now under house arrest.

“Rather, it was in the media that the woman first learned of her attacker’s new arrangement. It has since come to light that the man in question never spent a day in prison.  

“This case raises a number of serious questions that merit answers from the Minister. For example, there are clearly issues around the management of the perpetrators sentence and the fact that he has not served a day in prison.

“Why was there apparent leaking of information to the press about the case by someone in the Prison Service and /or the Gardaí?

“I am calling on Minister Fitzgerald to inquire into these issues and to issue a formal explanation to the House and the victim. In light of this appalling case, I am also urging her to bring the Criminal Justice Victims of Crime Bill 2015 before the House without further delay.” 

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