Written Answers - Sexual Offences.

Tuesday, 1 December 1998

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 497 No. 5

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  289.  Mr. Neville  Information on Dan Neville  Zoom on Dan Neville   asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform  Information on John O'Donoghue  Zoom on John O'Donoghue   the number of prisoners convicted of sexual offences; and the number convicted of child sexual offences. [25458/98]

Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform (Mr. O'Donoghue): Information on John O'Donoghue  Zoom on John O'Donoghue  There were 291 sex offenders in custody in prisons and places of detention as of Friday, 20 November 1998. Records are not maintained in a fashion which would allow the precise information sought by the Deputy to be furnished. However, an examination of offenders files indicates that at least 104 of these have been convicted of child sexual offences. The prison authorities would not necessarily be aware in all cases whether the victim of a convicted sex offender was a child.


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