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Ireland and US agree to share travel information of convicted child sex offenders

MINISTER SIMON COVENEY today secured approval to sign a letter of intent with the US to allow the exchange of international travel information of convicted child sex offenders.

The approval by Cabinet today will allow An Garda Síochána to sign the letter of intent with US Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations to facilitate the sharing of travel information of sex offenders from the US to Ireland and vice versa.

While such information has been shared in the past, this memorandum puts the agreement between the two countries on a more formal footing, according to a government spokesperson. Full Article

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  1. R M

    “Operation Angel Watch targets individuals who have previously been convicted of sexual crimes against a child and who may pose a potential new threat by travelling (sic) overseas for the purpose of sexually abusing or exploiting minors.”

    …who may…? Ireland, UK and Slovakia, has been sucked into the myths and lies of the U.S. government.

  2. J S

    “The project uses publicly available sex offender registry information and passenger travel data to strategically alert foreign law enforcement partners of a convicted child predator’s intent to travel to their country.”
    This is a lie. I am not listed on the publicly available sex offender registry, and yet I, and many like me, have been turned away from Mexico because of angel watch.

    • Debo

      JS do you still need to reg your information with the state even though you’re not on the public site?

      • J S

        Debo,
        I was not required to give notice of travel at the time, that was in the fall of 2015. I would definitely give notice now.

  3. nylevel1

    Oh good! Now we can keep out 150 years of Irish Catholic hypocrisy, murder and sex abuse.

    Why bother going to Ireland when you can buy Guinness here and get your dose of Catholicism all over.

  4. David

    Beware: Do not fly Aer Lingus Airlines if your flight will make a stopover or plane change in Ireland (or anywhere else in Great Britain.)

  5. Chris F

    Because if a child sex offender in the US wants to abuse a minor, there is a very high likelyhood that they will travel to Ireland for the purpose of acquiring an easy target, just like those in Ireland searching for easy under age prey will travel to the US for that purpose.

    Remember back when this Angel Watch things started and they claimed to only notify countries “likely” to be targets of child sex offenders because of that country’s poverty and lack of law enforcement?

    What were those cases AJ referenced a few weeks ago about when an emergency situation ceases to exist or is shown to never have existed in the first place the laws to address it must cease too?

    This is also another blanket punishment where the need and duration were not determined by a judge, cannot be contested, and therefore violates Substantive Due Process.

  6. Facts should matter

    The comments in that link just confirm the confirmation bias and herd mentality:

    “This should have been a no brainer!”

    “I’m outraged this was not already a thing.”

    They hypocrisy of the outrage for ICE putting kids in cages, but not for us being able to travel unimpeded.

    • Joe123

      Reading the comments you can see how ignorant/uneducated the general public is. Let’s deny 1000+ people and their families from traveling because MAYBE one person is going with malicious intents. I don’t see this level of insanity and passion when it comes to child obesity that kills and destroys children’s lives. People are so damn stupid, honestly. This is why the government setup a system so that people couldn’t directly vote, as they thought the common folk wasn’t educated enough. Hundreds of years later, that is still the truth.

      • JoeHillsGhost

        The people who have commented on the article are from Ireland. I assume that most, if not all of them, are unaware of U.S. sex offender registry laws and what can cause someone to be labeled a “child sex offender.”

  7. Tim Moore

    I tried to comment there, but for some reason my login usingTwitter wouldn’t work. It just kept sending me to Twitter instead of posting my comment. Anyone else try to counter these ignorant people’s comments there? Come on.

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