Following the Home Office announcement that the scheme known as ‘Sarah’s Law’ is to be extended in the UK, it was confirmed that plans are well advanced to introduce a similar scheme in Eire.
Under ‘Benedict’s Law’, rather than releasing discreet information about convicted paedophiles to concerned parents on demand in line with the English pilot, the Irish Government has decided to cut bureaucracy by simply forcing all offenders to wear cassocks whenever they appear in public.
‘We weighed up the various options, and this seemed to be the easiest solution,’ said Taoiseach, Brian Cowen. ‘To be honest, most people assume that anyone wearing a cassock is a child molester anyway.’
The Garda played down fears that the new scheme will encourage vigilante attacks. Commissioner Fachtna Murphy believes ‘Benedict’s Law’ will form the centerpiece a whole new system of justice. ‘This is Ireland. People here don’t hold grudges so we don’t expect there to be any reprisals,’ adding. ‘And if there are, the odd kneecapping may stop the godless swines doing it again.’
The new scheme is named after Pope Benedict XVI in honour of his breathtaking efforts to address child abuse in the Catholic Church which culminated in his astonishing letter of apology earlier this year.
Not everyone is convinced by the ‘Benedict’s Law’. A spokesman for the Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children expressed fears that the scheme may backfire with the risk of vigilante action forcing convicted sex offenders to go underground or ‘worse still, back to the priesthood’ but this was dismissed by Commissioner Murphy. ‘I can categorically state that paedophiles will not be driven underground. We don’t have a Metro over here.’