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Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan is today seeking Cabinet approval to draft new legislation to allow gardaí wear body-worn cameras.
The proposal for body-worn cameras is part of the implementation of the report of the Commission on the Future of Policing in Ireland. Front-line gardaí have been calling for the body cameras for years to catch-up with police forces around the world and roll out equipment like body cameras and tasers.
The cameras would be used gather evidence and provide police with their own recordings of situations they encounter on their beat.
In drafting the new laws for Ireland, the constitutional right to privacy and the European Convention on Human Rights will be considered. The Department of Justice will also consult with the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission, while government is to ask the Data Protection Commission to advise on data protection issues.
The proposed new law is understood to be part of the government’s plan to ensure An Garda Síochána is “among the best modern police forces in the world”.
Work on the proposed new legislation is already underway, and it is the department’s intention to have a draft Bill ready before the end of the year.