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Sunday 21 September 2014

Watchdog may be given powers to spy on gardai

Tom Brady Security Editor

Published 03/07/2014 | 02:30

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The leadership of a group representing mid-ranking gardai is to meet to consider radical proposals from the Government to allow their watchdog body bug gardai under criminal investigation.

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The decision to give powers to the Garda Siochana Ombudsman Commission (GSOC) to legally spy on gardai by tapping telephones and carrying out electronic surveillance has shocked the force.

The two main representative bodies are holding fire on responding to the ground-breaking move until they establish further details about the Government's proposals.

But the Department of Justice said it was not appropriate to comment.

The national executive of the Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors is to meet in the coming week and will determine their response then.

The controversial powers have been included in the heads of the new Garda Siochana (Amendment) Bill, 2014, which have been approved by Cabinet.

Irish Independent

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