Statement by Minister Shatter on the morning after “Mission to Prey”
“I share the widespread public concern and disgust at the revelations which the programme contained. While the behaviour took place abroad, we have a solemn duty to do all that is within our power to ensure that perpetrators of this predatory abuse of children are bought to justice where ever it takes place. There can be no
hiding place for those who do these despicable acts to children.
I have been in touch with the Garda Commissioner about this matter who, of course, shares my concern at the revelations in the programme ….Investigations and bringing prosecutions in relation to offences carried out abroad are, of their nature, very difficult and I do not want to raise any unrealistic expectations about what can be achieved. But I believe that people are entitled to be reassured that we are doing everything open to us to counteract this evil where ever it takes place.”