Minister of State for the OPW and Longford/Westmeath TD has said the adoption by Government of his Private Members Bill provisions seeking longer jail terms for serial sex offenders is a triumph of new politics and a significant step towards the greater protection of women and children.
At today’s Cabinet meeting, the decision was taken that the Criminal Justice (Commission of Sexual Offences) (Amendment) Bill 2017, originally proposed by Minister Moran as a Private Members Bill in April, will now be processed as Government legislation, with amendments.
Today the Cabinet agreed to bring forward proposals to target repeat sexual offenders which would broadly reflect that proposed by Minister of State Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran in his Bill – the Criminal Justice (Commission of Sexual Offences) (Amendment) Bill 2017. Cabinet also approved Minister Flanagan’s proposals to amend the gender anomaly with respect to incest.
“Both issues will be contained in a Government Bill which Minister Flanagan will seek Cabinet approval for in the Autumn,” said Minister Moran.
“I am truly delighted that my original Bill’s proposals are now being taken on by Government,” said Minister Moran. “My motivation for introducing the Bill is a result of meaning a constituent of mine, Debbie Cole, who has long campaigned for the victims of sex offenders.