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Adams -priority must be to protect children

2 June, 2006


Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams MP speaking in Belfast this morning as emergency legislation was being rushed through the Dáil said ‘There is widespread anger at the government’s handling of this crisis.’  He said ‘It is vital that the government move to re-assure the families of the victims of the sex offenders who could be released as a result of this fiasco.’

Mr. Adams said:

“There is widespread anger at the government’s handling of this crisis. There is anger that a Supreme Court ruling left open a loophole that allowed a man convicted of raping a 12 year old girl to be freed.  The Government, in particular the Justice Minister, have yet to adequately explain how such an appalling vista was allowed to arise. It is incredible that the government are continuing to say that they knew nothing of this constitutional challenge, especially when the Tánaiste has admitted that the Justice Department was informed of this case back in 2002. 

“It is also appalling that the family of the victim of the sex offender known as Mister A had to learn of his release through the media and that they have yet to be met by a government representative.

“It is vital that this loophole is closed.  It is vital that the government move to re-assure the families of the victims of the sex offenders who could be released as a result of this fiasco.

“Ireland does not have a good record when it comes to the protection of children. There are many issues which will remain unresolved after today’s legislation goes through and they need to be addressed as quickly as possible.”ENDS

Sinn Féin Dublin MEP Mary Lou McDonald and TDs Martin Ferris, Aengus Ó Snodaigh and Seán Crowe this afternoon joined protesters outside the Dáil in support of victims of child abuse and rape.

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