More than 200 convicted rapists, paedophiles and others who have targeted women have disappeared or broken the terms of their release from prison.
Some have disappeared altogether and have not been tracked down, leading to concerns over their exact whereabouts.
Despite this, and amidst increasing concerns that Gardaí are not warning parents of the presence of offenders in the community, proposed legislation allowing criminals to be electronically tagged still hasn’t been enacted.
Worryingly, the number of sexual offences that took place in Ireland in 2016 rocketed to 2,549, up from 2,348 the previous year – a rise of almost nine per cent.
The number of offences against children jumped by almost 20 per cent in the same period.
Over the past 12 months, the Sunday World has confronted exposed some of Ireland’s most dangerous predators - freed from prison without any warning to an unsuspecting public.
A SERIAL sex attacker – who committed his first sexual assault when he was just 14 – Radford was released back on to the streets of the capital last month after serving less than two years in prison for attacking a 15-yearold girl.
We revealed how the dangerous predator returned to Tallaght, in west Dublin, immediately after his release from the Midlands Prison.
His return to the village has led to fears that women in the area are now at risk.
Two years ago, Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard how Radford, who was then 19, had tried to drag a 15-year-old girl into a cul-de-sac after telling her he wanted her and her body.
Radford, who is originally from Butterfield Avenue, Rathfarnham, has three previous convictions for sexually assaulting women in similar random attacks, dating back to April 2010 when he was 14 years old.
Counsel for Radford, Kieran Kelly BL, accepted his client had a propensity to commit this type of crime.
WIDELY regarded as one of the country’s most dangerous serial sex-attackers, Byrne is currently banged up in the U.K. on a charge of possessing a shotgun.
The 39-year-old has been in prison in Preston, Lancashire, since he was arrested last August for suspicion of possession of a shortened shotgun.
He fled Ireland in the immediate aftermath of our story revealing his secret camp site on the outskirts of Croke Park.
We snapped Byrne sleeping outside a tent in a wooded area between Clonliffe College and the Drumcondra Road on the Friday before a game.
Byrne was sentenced to 15 years in prison for raping an 18-year-old woman in November 1993 when he was only 16.
Thirty-six hours after his release in December 2005, he attacked a Filipino nurse leaving work in the early hours near the Mater Hospital, Dublin.
Just 14 hours after being released for that offence, in September 2009, Byrne attacked a young French woman in Phibsboro.
CONVICTED child rapist Cleere, who set himself up as an ‘ethical’ dog-trainer, fled Clare after our exposé warning locals about his past.
A former Redemptorist student priest and deputy head of a school in Leicester, he set up home in an isolated cottage outside the village of Doon.
Weeks later he began distributing fliers advertising his dog training business under the name Gerard Shepherd.
A native of Kilkenny town, he was extradited from England in November, 2009, where he had been living at a Leicester halfway house for sex offenders, to stand trial in Galway.
Cleere denied he had buggered a child in Galway on a single unknown date between January 1, 1973, and December 30, 1974, but he did plead guilty at his two-day trial at Galway Circuit Criminal Court in April to indecently assaulting the child.
WE tracked down serial paedophile Anthony Luckwill – who pretended to be a casting agent so he could abuse boys – days after his release from prison.
He had served just two years and nine months of a four-and-a-half year sentence for sexually assaulting two teenage boys.
Luckwill pretended to be a casting agent to convince his victims’ mothers to leave them at his apartment in Navan, where he later molested them.
Luckwill has a series of convictions for possession of child pornography in Ireland and in Wales.
Previously he was jailed for five months by Guernsey Magistrates Court for incitement of a child under the age of 14 to commit an act of gross indecency, which was committed while on bail for the offences in Meath.
He has been placed on the sex offenders register for life in Britain, the court heard.
Confronted by the Sunday World he insisted, “I’m finished with the dirty stuff”, but he remains a source of major concern for those working in child protection.
FEMALE patients in their pyjamas smoked cigarettes outside the Mater Hospital on a sunny September morning, unaware they were standing just yards from one of Ireland’s most dangerous serial rapists.
Rape beast Hegarty was formerly adjudged so dangerous by a sentencing judge that he said he wanted to give him a life sentence “as the female population of Ireland has a constitutional right not to be raped”.
Hegarty, who is serving out a 13-yearsentence for his most recent rape, will be eligible for full release from Arbour Hill early in 2018.
Despite the judge saying it was his earnest wish that he be allowed jail Hegarty for life, he said he could not do so as a previous life sentence he handed down to a serial rapist had been overturned by the Court of Criminal Appeal.
NAUGHTON fled Galway after we revealed how he was spending his days sitting in a beaten-up Merc outside the front of his home peeping out at passersby.
Naughton was jailed for 11 years in April 2001 after he was convicted of systematically raping and abusing his daughter Barbara over a six-year period.
The abuse began in 1987 when she was nine years old. Barbara waived her right to anonymity after the trial.
The assaults occurred on an almost weekly basis, making it impossible for Naughton’s daughter to pin down dates.
When he was done raping her, Naughton would threaten to throw her into a bog with a rope tied around her neck so her body would never be found.
EARLIER this month we revealed how former legal eagle Gilligan has been hiding out in a downmarket hostel in Dublin since his release from prison for possession of child pornography.
When we approached him he refused to talk, saying he didn’t want to conduct an interview and he didn’t want to be “newsworthy”.
Gilligan is in poor health and has become overweight since his release from prison prior to Christmas.
He was nabbed in 2009 in Sligo with almost 650 vile images of children involved in sexual acts, including pictures of babies being abused.
At the time of his arrest Gilligan was already on the Irish sex offenders register due to an earlier conviction in the U.S. There he had been convicted of aggravated sexual assault in 2000 and given a three-year sentence.
He had pleaded guilty to the assault of a child, but at the time was already on probation for an offence relating to lewdness in the presence of children.