Sunday 17 December 2017

New right to keep solicitor present during questioning is vital protection for citizens

Gardai sign
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Shalom Binchy

Earlier this month, a radical improvement to the rights of persons who find themselves being questioned by An Garda Siochana about an alleged criminal offence was quietly implemented.

There was no new legislation passed. There was no heated debate in the Dail. There was no fanfare.

Ireland was brought into line with international best practice by way of an email from the Department of Justice to the Law Society, the ruling body for solicitors, to inform them that their members may now remain to advise their clients during garda interview if this is requested by the arrested person.

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