Sex offenders should be denied the right to be forgotten, that’s the strong view of Roscommon / Galway deputy Denis Naughten.
He has called on the Government to update the law to ensure that sex offenders cannot erase their past offences either online or by changing their name.
Speaking in the Dáil on the Sex Offenders Amendment Bill, deputy Naughten said the key weakness in the proposed law was that it failed to close off loopholes that allow a sex offender to have their offences effectively forgotten through the change of the offender’s name by deed poll or by using the Google ‘right to be forgotten’.
He says for the sake of victims who have to live with the consequences of these perpetrators and any potential future victims, those convicted of sexual offences should lose the right to be forgotten, permanently, the deputy insists.
He’s been outlining his concerns to Midwest News Editor Teresa O’Malley.