Eoghan Murphy
Eoghan Murphy

06.00 27 Feb 2020


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There was a 17% increase in the number of sex offenders jailed last year.

New figures also show there are nearly 550 sex-offenders in prison in Ireland at the moment.

According to details released to Newstalk under the Freedom of Information Act, 287 people were jailed for sex-offences in 2018.

This rose to 336 last year - involving 329 men and seven women.

Noeline Blackwell from Dublin Rape Crisis Centre said there are a number of likely factors for the increase.

She said: "The number of complaints and reports being made to the gardaí are rising quarter-on-quarter for the last two and a half or three years, by about 10-15% each quarter.

"As well as that, there has been some additional resourcing of the justice system.

"For instance, the number of protective service units - specialist units of investigation by the gardaí - has risen from four to ten."

At present, there are 544 male sex-offenders in Irish prisons and four women.

29 men, who were convicted of one these offences, have been released from jail so far this year.

A further 147 men are due to be released in the rest of 2020, along with one woman.

Main image: File photo. Picture by: Paul Faith/PA Archive/PA Images

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