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"Did the RUC or PSNI have similar recording system as An Garda Síochana" McCartney

27 March, 2014 - by Raymond McCartney

Sinn Féin Vice-Chair of the Assembly Justice Committee is calling on the Justice Minister, David Ford and the Chief Constable Matt Baggott to state whether the RUC or the PSNI have had similar recording procedures as those used by an Garda Síochana, in operation at any time.

Mr McCartney said:

"The revelations that an Garda Síochana carried out covert recording of telephone conversations to and from Garda stations throughout the 26 county state raises serious concerns and many questions.

"The concerns obviously are about the human rights abuse that this practice represents but the question that must be answered by the Justice Minister and the Chief Constable is - was there a similar practice in operation here?

"I intend to raise these issues with the Minister through the Justice Committee and my party colleagues on the Policing Board will similarly raise them with the Chief Constable."

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