The Seanad has been told that closer cooperation is required to ensure that the border does not provide protection for sex offenders in any direction.
Senator Cecilia Keavney said sexual assault services in the North West should be coordinated on a cross border basis, and the establishment of a cross border register must be prioritised.
She says there have been instances where sexual assaults could have been prevented if information were available..
Responding, Junior Minister Aine Brady said protocols are already in place, and will be strengthened if an ongoing review suggests that is necessary.
She says a lot is already been done.