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Ireland to be first in Europe to cancel passports of paedophiles

[Irish Examiner]

Earlier this year Australia became the first country in the world to introduce strict legislation to clamp down on sex offenders leaving or attempting to go abroad.

Now Ireland looks set to follow with draft legislation expected to be introduced later this month, which would pave the way for this country becoming the first European nation to make it illegal for convicted paedophiles to travel overseas.

The campaign is being spearheaded by Fr Shay Cullen, the Nobel Peace Prize-nominated Irish missionary who runs the PREDA child abuse charity in the Philippines.

The Dublin-born priest said a move to prevent registered sex offenders from travelling abroad would particularly benefit developing nations, such as the Philippines, where sex tourism and child prostitution are rife.

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  1. AlexO

    How poorly misinformed or outright lying the politicians are is staggering and frightening.

  2. Jack

    I wonder what the EU court of human rights will have to say about that. I thought freedom of movement was essential to them. It only makes sense that the most religious country in Europe would follow America’s lead as well.

    • David Kennerly, the Very Model of "Containment"

      That’s a good question and it is worth keeping in mind that the Republic of Ireland is one of those most preoccupied with CSA among European countries. Let’s hope that it doesn’t spread to other parts of the EU. I will add that Mick Moran, to whom I referred several days ago and who is the head of the human trafficking unit of INTERPOL, is a citizen of Ireland. I would imagine that he’s playing a role in this legislation.

  3. T

    The idea of preventing registrants aka “pedophiles” from traveling in and out of the country because of that person’s criminal history of for example, sex offence against a child due to high recidivism and utilize it to predict his/her behavior is nothing more than oxymoron to scare people, when the real criminals are not the ones on the registry, but those that are not on the registry that have not gotten caught committing criminal acts.

  4. Eric

    Ahh, written by a priest. What legislations has he written to safeguard the children within their own churches? I think that would be a formidable task in itself. Perhaps he is the typical one of trying to distract people away from seeing what is going on in his own house.

    • David Kennerly, the Very Model of "Containment"

      Shades of the late Fr. Bruce Ritter, founder of Covenant House.

      • NY Level1

        I’m 66y. I grew up in London in an area heavily infiltrated by the Irish. I know them well. No fault of theirs, remember abortion is still illegal there, the RC church has committed more crimes in that small country than any where else in the world. Right now as I write they are discovering graves of murdered children in the care of the RC church. Some are deceptive, hypocritical and truly evil.
        The fact that I escaped death in 1975 from an IRA bomb planted right under me has nothing to do with my feelings.
        The RC church controlled and mind washed an entire nation for centuries. They invented the confession box. Sin is OK because you can confess. Now we have politicians doing the same. A country that during WW2 stayed out of the war but offered no help to refugees yet afterwards made demands that the UK help them.
        Irish Blarney is not a joke-it’s evil. They just might get away with despite the EEC Human Rights and then if they do, the UK under May will follow.

  5. Jack

    Well since the UK’s left the EU there’s nothing they can do about it.

    • David Kennerly's Spectral Evidence

      The Republic of Ireland is part of the EU and, unlike Northern Ireland, is not part of the U.K.

      • TS

        @David Kennerly

        That is an interesting split. So when it comes to travel, is Dublin, IRL a safe place to travel to as an RC? For some reason, I think not based upon convo here, but cannot remember specifically.

        • AJ

          @TS:
          This is not any sort of recent event. The Republic of Ireland (or Southern Ireland) was split from Northern Ireland back in the 1920s. Since then, Republic of Ireland the country has been separate from Northern Ireland the country–even though both are located on Ireland the island. 🙂
          Northern Ireland is one of four countries comprising the United Kingdom. (Wales, England and Scotland are the other three.) Thus, when the UK voted yea on Brexit, N. Ireland went with its three siblings, and independent Republic of Ireland stayed in the EU.

  6. David Kennerly, the Very Model of "Containment"

    I don’t know if the Irish Republic has blocked foreign Registrants from entering or not and it’s not listed on Registrant TAG website (although that is probably incomplete). Ireland is particularly hysterical about sex and gender-feminist-dominated these days, however. They’re the worst of both worlds; history of extreme religiosity plus hyper-sex-vigilance. I would tend to avoid it.

  7. NY Level1

    The method of thinking is that whilst they are still digging up the graves of murdered children in Catholic run orphanages and having to face the crimes of their forefathers, this law will give them complete absolvence in the eyes of God.

    The real danger is that this could spread to the UK.

  8. Joe

    So 4% of convicted sex offenders in Australia traveled overseas? 800 of 20,000 is 4%, right? That would line up with the recidivism figures that we see IF EVERY ONE of those travlers reoffended while they were abroad. which we know they didn’t. Its For THE CHILDREN, I tell ya.

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