Written answers

Thursday, 20 December 2012

Department of Justice and Equality

Legislative Programme

Photo of Denis NaughtenDenis Naughten (Roscommon-South Leitrim, Independent)
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To ask the Minister for Justice and Equality when he intends to publish legislation reforming the Sex Offenders Act 2001; the reason for the delay; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [57585/12]

Photo of Alan ShatterAlan Shatter (Dublin South, Fine Gael)
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My Department has been conducting an examination of the law on sexual offences generally. This includes a review of the Sex Offenders Act 2001. Having regard to competing legislative priorities, the review has been progressed as speedily as possible. This work is close to completion and I expect to bring a draft General Scheme to Government shortly with a view to seeking approval for the drafting of the necessary legislation.

This will be wide-ranging legislation and is not limited to reform of the Sex Offenders Act 2001. Inter alia, it will also implement the recommendations of two Oireachtas committees, facilitate full compliance with the criminal law provisions of relevant EU, UN and Council of Europe legal instruments, and reform the law on incest.


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