Sinn Féin - On Your Side

Ó Snodaigh gives cautious welcome to draft Covert Surveillance Bill

18 November, 2008 - by Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD

Sinn Féin Justice Spokesperson Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD has given a cautious welcome to the draft Covert Surveillance Bill.

Speaking today after the Minister for Justice published the heads of the Bill Deputy Ó Snodaigh said, "As I said last week we need European Commission on Human Rights (ECHR) compliant legislation on covert surveillance to enable Gardaí and the DPP build solid cases against gangland criminals with evidence that is admissible in court. Such surveillance must be proportionate and subject to judicial oversight.

"The legislation must take heed of the criticisms made to date by Justice Morris and others and of ECHR jurisprudence. It must protect against unwarranted invasions of privacy and harassment. It must put in place a sound framework and thresholds through which Gardaí or the DPP can argue a case and seek judicial approval for the use of covert investigatory techniques in particular serious cases. This evidence once gathered properly and in accordance with the ECHR-compliant law would be admissible in court. We need movement on this from government.

"We will be studying the detail of this bill in the coming days." ENDS

Connect with Sinn Féin