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Republic moves to tag criminals

The Republic's justice minister Dermot Ahern will meet his British counterparts today as prison officials in the Republic prepare to launch a pilot electronic-tagging scheme next month.

Up to 20 prisoners have been short-listed to take part in the project which will involve prisoners from several jails around the country and tenders for the GPS system have been received by the Prison Service and are currently being studied by the officials.

Mr Ahern is anxious to seek views from Britain, where tagging has been in operation for several years, with mixed views of its success rate.

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