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Tell us where sex offenders live, says Burke

A CITY councillor is to demand assurances concerning the housing of released sex offenders following the controversy over rapist Michael Murray.

Independent representative Christy Burke is to look for guarantees that convicted sex attackers will not be given accommodation close to creches or schools on their release from prison.

Cllr Burke told the Herald he intends to raise the issue at the next meeting of the city's joint policing committee (JPC).

Residents in the north inner city were horrified when it emerged Murray was living in an apartment overlooking a creche in Blackhall Square, Dublin 7.

Local people protested outside the apartment building and it is thought Murray has now moved.

Cllr Burke said that, if sex offenders were going to be placed in communities, then it should not be "in front of creches or within proximity of two schools".

He is to seek a report on the issue from the JPC, which is a forum involving representatives from the council, gardai, the HSE and other bodies.

Cllr Burke said he was informed by a senior garda that Murray no longer resides in Dublin 7.

Local people in Stoneybatter and Smithfield said Murray was last sighted in a corner shop in the area last Monday.

Blackhall Square had been the rapist's home for several months after his release from prison. He then moved to Inchicore but was forced to flee after complaints were made by his neighbours.

He was also forced to give up a gardening job in St Mary's Hospital in the Phoenix Park.

Murray (50) was released from prison last July after serving 13 years for rape and sex attacks. He had received five years' remission.

Senior gardai have described him as one of the most dangerous criminals in the country.