59 Mr. Hayes asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform if he will make a statement in relation to the compilation of a register of sex offenders; the likely date when the register will be in operation; if he will consider further amendments to the operation of this new register to include past offenders; the total number of places available in Arbour Hill to treat sex offenders; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [19430/00]
Written Answers. - Sex Offenders Register.
The Sex Offenders Bill, 2000, provides for a package of measures aimed at protecting the public, in particular children, from sexual abuse or attack. The main provision of the Bill will be the creation of a sex offenders register, or tracking system as it is also known. The Bill has passed Second Stage in the Dáil and I hope the remaining Stages will be passed to allow the register to come into operation before the end of the year.