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Bid for law to 'forget' criminal convictions.

Byline: By AINE HEGARTY, Poltical Editor

A BILL that will wipe the slate clean for people with minor criminal convictions is to be re-introduced to the Dail, it emerged last night.

Under the proposal convictions involving a prison term of no more than six months will cease to exist after seven years. Anyone eligible will be able to deny they have a criminal conviction.

It won'y apply to those convicted in the Central Criminal Court or of a sexual offence.

A person applying to work with children or in the Garda will be required to reveal any criminal conviction. The Spent Convictions Bill was originally introduced as a Private Members Bill by Fianna Fail TD Barry Andrews in 2004.

The government agreed to re-introduce it at yesterday's weekly cabinet meeting.

A government spokesman said the Attorney General will have to decide "what is meant by a minor offence".

The idea behind the bill is that people convicted for minor offences aren't burdened with a criminal record for the rest of their lives.
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Feb 6, 2008
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