ICCL ‘Welcomes’ GSOC Judicial Inquiry Move

  • 18-02-2014
  • Categorized in: Justice

Press statement

14:30 Tuesday 18 February 2014

Ireland’s independent human rights watchdog the Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) has ‘welcomed’ reports that a judge is to be appointed to lead an independent investigation under the Commissions of Inquiry Act 2004 into the ongoing allegations regarding covert surveillance of the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission.

Speaking shortly after the announcement of the Cabinet’s decision, ICCL Director Mr Mark Kelly said:

“The appointment of a senior judicial figure to head an inquiry under the Commissions of Inquiry Act 2004 is a necessary first step to restoring public trust in our police accountability mechanisms. It is important that the terms of reference and powers of the inquiry should be sufficient to enable the judge to review the operation of all forms of surveillance currently in use by An Garda Síochána, the Defence Forces and the Revenue Commissioners under both the Interception of Postal Packets and Telecommunications Messages (Regulation) Act 1993 and the Criminal Justice (Surveillance) Act 2009, as well as any forms of surveillance in use by those agencies not covered by that legislation.  The inquiry will certainly also require the services of a professional technologist.”


Walter Jayawardene
Communications Manager
Irish Council for Civil Liberties
9-13 Blackhall Place
Dublin 7

Tel. + 353 1 799 4503
Mob: +353 87 9981574   
Fax. + 353 1 799 4512
E-mail  walter.jayawardene@iccl.ie

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