The Minister for Justice Equality and Law Reform has published the Criminal Justice (Surveillance) Bill 2009. The Bill contains measures to combat organised crime and safeguard the security of the State against subversion and terrorism.
One of the main provisions in the Bill is to enable material gained by means of secret surveillance to be used as evidence for legal proceedings. Surveillance measures may include monitoring, observing, listening or making a recording of a particular person or group of persons or their movements, activities and communications.
It allows for the use of surveillance devices including CCTV cameras and visual enhancers and also allows for the use of tracking devices. The provisions will be subject to a number of safeguards and will be available to the Garda Síochána (police force), the Defence Forces and the Revenue Commissioners.