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Editorial: Put public fears before sex offenders

The public should have the right to know if a convicted sex offender or paedophile is living within their midst.

It's a controversial issue, but one that needs to be addressed once and for all.

The authorities have shied away from passing this sort of information on to the public for a number of reasons.

They fear vigilante activity and that such offenders will be driven underground.

But the rights of private citizens to know who is living among them surely must supersede the rights of convicted offenders.

Nobody wants to find out by word of mouth that a convicted sex offender is their new neighbour.

The public are concerned at being kept in the dark.

We need to be reassured that the gardai are monitoring such people constantly, and are aware of where they are living.