THE public is to be informed of the whereabouts of a convicted sex offender if the gardai believe the criminal is a threat or a risk to the community.
Powers to cover disclosure of the information, "where appropriate", will be included in draft legislation to be published by Justice Minister Alan Shatter.
Justice officials said the measures would not result in a blanket disclosure of the whereabouts of sex offenders.
They would be restricted to cases where it was felt appropriate that the public should know.
The move will be welcomed by campaigners for more information about the movements of sex offenders.
Under existing rules, gardai are prohibited from releasing details of their whereabouts to the general public.