Dáil Éireann - Volume 602 - 10 May, 2005

Written Answers. - Sexual Offences.

  366. Cecilia Keaveney asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the status of a cross-Border sex offenders register; the difficulties he envisages its use would have, particularly in Border areas; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [15166/05]

  Mr. McDowell: In the context of the Good Friday Agreement, negotiations are taking place on an intergovernmental agreement on North-South co-operation on criminal justice matters, together with an associated work programme, and are expected to be finalised in the near future. One of the items under consideration for inclusion in the work programme is the establishment of a working group to review the arrangements for exchanging information on registered sex offenders. I am informed by the Garda that they and the PSNI maintain regular contact and exchange intelligence and information on convicted sex offenders.