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All Ireland approach to sex crime imperative - Mary Lou McDonald

27 November, 2006

Sinn Féin National Chairperson Mary Lou McDonald MEP has today said that moves to track convicted sex offenders who travel between the north and south of the country is an 'important first step' but must be followed by 'a clear and holistic all Ireland approach to sex crime'.

Speaking today Ms McDonald said:

"Sinn Féin has consistently called for an all-Ireland approach to sex crime, and we have been pressing both governments for the last number of years to introduce an effective and integrated all-Ireland sex offender's register.

"A clear and holistic all Ireland approach is required, given the fact that convicted offenders can exploit the various loopholes. In particular, the conviction of a paedophile in one jurisdiction on the island does not mean that they will automatically be included on a register in another.

"Today's announcement by both the British and Irish Government is a welcome and important first step, but it must also serve as the catalyst for a full harmonization of powers to protect children and young people. The next logical step is a comprehensive all Ireland policy." ENDS

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