Sligo/Leitrim TD says new law on paying for sex not being taken seriously

Donegal is the only county in the north west where a man has faced prosecution for paying for sex since the introduction of new laws.

Throughout the country, 21 suspects in Cork, Dublin, Louth, Wexford and Donegal have faced prosecution for paying for sex since April of 2017 when it became illegal to buy sexual services.

14 people faced prosecution last year; however, not all of the cases went to court after directions from the DPP’s office.

Sheila Crowley, from Ruhama, which supports women affected by prostitution, says lack of Garda resources is a problem in enforcing this law.

However, Sligo/Leitrim Deputy Martin Kenny claims the Gardaí aren’t strictly enforcing the legislation: