The privacy of vicious convicted criminals in this country is over-protected. The public has no right to photographs of criminals who are likely to be a threat to public safety.
In other jurisdictions, the authorities furnish the media with official photographs of the offenders, but here the best we can hope for is sketch by a court artist.
The recent shocking case of a 30-year-old Polish sex offender who subjected his victim to a horrific ordeal and then masturbated in court when she gave evidence is a glaring example.
A court sketch would be the only available image of this man had it not been for a photographer who managed to get a clear shot.
Surely ordinary people are entitled to see the face of criminal who poses such a threat in the interests of public safety. Justice Minister Alan Shatter must tackle this immediately.