After the murder of 8-year old Sarah Payne, vigilantes were born and started angry protests outside the homes of suspected sex offenders.
Innocent men were held responsible for something they did not do because they closely resemble the pictures of suspected pedophiles released in the media. A home of a pediatrician was vandalized because the people got her professional signage confused of the word pedophile.
Because of these recent events, it is easy to understand that many expressed strong disapproval of the introduction of the Irish version of Sarah’s Law just to instigate or encourage violence from these self-styled vigilantes. Although these fears are understandable, nothing like this happened instead the result of Sarah’s Law was the protection of more than 200 children from harm.