GARDAI will soon be able to share criminal records with their counterparts worldwide, Justice Minister Alan Shatter announced yesterday.
The Criminal Records Information System Bill will allow gardai to exchange criminal records with international police.
The bill also requires gardai to inform other states when one of its citizens is convicted of a crime here.
It is also intended to provide background information under the National Vetting Bureau Bill 2012, due to be published shortly.
The vetting bill will allow gardai to access criminal records abroad when vetting people seeking work.
Mr Shatter said the legislation was necessary to allow gardai to keep tabs on criminals.