Sunday 23 April 2017

Coalition efforts to limit fallout doing irreparable harm to justice

Yesterday, Taoiseach Enda Kenny revealed in the Dail that the Irish Prison Service inadvertently recorded conversations between inmates and solicitors, 84 of them to be precise. Photo: Tom Burke
Yesterday, Taoiseach Enda Kenny revealed in the Dail that the Irish Prison Service inadvertently recorded conversations between inmates and solicitors, 84 of them to be precise. Photo: Tom Burke
Dearbhail McDonald

Dearbhail McDonald

LAWYERS have long suspected that phone calls with their clients in garda stations and prisons are monitored. The suspicion is why most solicitors and barristers have developed a practice of extreme caution in their conversations with clients in custody.

And not just in custody. The law library is replete with tales of a legendary suspicion, trespassing on near certainty, that the defence room during a particular trial was bugged.

The mild paranoia of the legal profession appears to be entirely justified in light of the new, somewhat predictable, direction the garda tapes controversy has taken.

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