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Extra CCTV cameras will be installed in Courtown, Riverchapel and Enniscorthy

Extra CCTV cameras will be installed in Courtown, Riverchapel and Enniscorthy

Extra CCTV cameras will be installed in Courtown, Riverchapel and Enniscorthy

Approval has been given for additional CCTV schemes in Courtown, Riverchapel and Enniscorthy to proceed without a live feed due to GDPR regulations.

A JPC meeting heard that the system has been under review due to data protection rules but can go ahead in the areas without a live link in the garda station.

Sergeant Margo said that in order for gardai to access the system, they have to contact the data controller which is the local authority and go through the recordings for evidence.

Sergeant Colm Matthews said the situation is similar in Enniscorthy, with apoproval for CCTV without the live link.

Fianna Fail TD James Browne said there was a debate on the matter in the Dáil recently and the Minister for Justice is adamant that the controller can only be the county council which is responsible for monitoring the feeds.

Deputy Browne said the system will prove time-consuming and expensive for the local authority with the data controller having to go to court when evidence is required.

'I would like to see an Garda Síochána being the controller instead of the county council', he said.

JPC chairman Cllr. Michael Whelan said he could't understand why there couldn't be a live feed and pointed out that Wexford Garda Station has one.

Wexford People