If enacted, the legislation will “help to curtail child abuse sex tourism and protect children in countries like the Philippines, Thailand, and Cambodia where child protection laws are weak or not enforced” - Columban missionary, Fr Shay Cullen.
“You have been wonderful ambassadors for Ireland and for your faith. By your actions you have humbled us, and by your words you now draw the attention of our country to climate justice.”
The aim of the Sex Offenders Amendment Bill is to limit or prevent sex offenders and paedophiles with Irish passports from travelling to countries with lax or no child protection laws.
Fr Shay Cullen addressed TDs and Senators in Leinster House last week and commended them for enacting the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) Act 2017, which criminalises the man who solicits sex.
Last year’s winner was PREDA founder and Dublin-born Columban missionary to the Philippines Fr Shay Cullen, who has led a campaign defending oppressed and exploited women and children in the Philippines for almost 50 years.
“It seems the male-dominated culture and religious mores are created by paedophiles to satisfy their sexual demands and desires. Such cultural and religious practices have to be outlawed and the laws implemented.”
Prize will be presented to Irish Columban missionary on behalf of the Preda Foundation on 4 May in the Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt in Germany.
Fr Shay Cullen describes Hugh O’Flaherty International Humanitarian Award as “a statement that all life is precious ... and each has invaluable dignity and every one is worth saving”.
Columban missionary has uncovered and exposed widespread child sexual abuse and human trafficking involving children as young as 9 years abused by US personnel and sex tourists including local men.
"Laudato Si is an astonishing document - there is no longer any excuse for people not knowing about this issue”: author and environmental activist Bill McKibben.