We need your help now

Support from readers like you keeps The Journal open.

You are visiting us because we have something you value. Independent, unbiased news that tells the truth. Advertising revenue goes some way to support our mission, but this year it has not been enough.

If you've seen value in our reporting, please contribute what you can, so we can continue to produce accurate and meaningful journalism. For everyone who needs it.

sarah bara wears mascara via Flickr
The Daily Poll

Poll: Should parents be given access to details of sex offenders in their area?

Should a law similar to the so-called Sarah’s Law in the UK be introduced in Ireland?

A TD HAS drafted a new law which would allow parents to access information regarding a sex offender living in their area which he says would be in the best interests of child protection.

The bill proposed by Denis Naughten would see the establishment of a system that would enable parents to enquire whether a person coming into contact with their child has been convicted of a sexual offence or may otherwise pose a serious danger. The system would be modelled on the so-called Sarah’s Law in the UK which came about after the abduction and murder of eight-year-old Sarah Payne in 2000 by a sex offender.

Naughten’s law would be more limited than UK regulation in that parents or guardians would have to show a reason for their request for information about a person. But there would likely be concerns raised by civil liberties groups and others who fear that the law could lead to cases of mistaken identity, vigilantism and suspicion among communities.

So today we want to know: Should parents be given access to details of sex offenders living in their area?

Poll Results:

Yes (1272)
No (1112)
Don't know (320)

Read: TD says new law should give parents access to sex offender details

Readers like you are keeping these stories free for everyone...
A mix of advertising and supporting contributions helps keep paywalls away from valuable information like this article. Over 5,000 readers like you have already stepped up and support us with a monthly payment or a once-off donation.

Your Voice
Readers Comments
    Submit a report
    Please help us understand how this comment violates our community guidelines.
    Thank you for the feedback
    Your feedback has been sent to our team for review.