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Couple jailed over female genital mutilation of daughter

FGM has been an offence in Ireland since legislation was introduced in 2012.

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The couple were both jailed (Julien Behal/PA)

The couple were both jailed (Julien Behal/PA)

The couple were both jailed (Julien Behal/PA)

A couple have been sentenced to five and a half years, and four years and nine months, in jail, for the female genital mutilation (FGM) of their toddler.

The conviction and sentencing is the first of its kind in Ireland.

The man and woman pleaded not guilty to carrying out an act of FGM at an address in Dublin in September, 2016.

The couple were not named at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to protect the identity of the child.

FGM has been an offence in Ireland since legislation was introduced in 2012.

It is a heinous and barbaric practice which is a criminal offence in IrelandDetective Chief Superintendent Declan Daly

Speaking on Monday after the sentences were handed down, Detective Chief Superintendent Declan Daly, Garda National Protective Services Bureau, said: “Today’s conviction and sentence represents the first of its kind in Ireland.

“It sends a strong and important message that female genital mutilation, the mutilation of children and young girls, is not and will not be tolerated.

“It is a heinous and barbaric practice which is a criminal offence in Ireland.

“Ireland has a long and proud history of embracing traditions and customs from abroad, however there can be no welcome for any activity which brings harm to children.

“Our communities need to be vigilant and aware of this crime, and anyone who suspects or believes a child is likely to be subject to female genital mutilation either here or being brought outside the country for the purpose of female genital mutilation, to contact their local garda station, the garda confidential line, 1800 666 111, or call the Child Abuse Reporting line, 1800 555 222.”

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