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Fennelly report: 'Probably no significant misuse of information' from recorded garda station calls

By Kevin Doyle and Philip Ryan

An inquiry into the taping of phone calls at garda stations has found there was “probably no significant misuse of information” from the calls.

The Irish government says many of the findings by Mr Justice Niall Fennelly are of “great concern”, including in relation to the unlawful nature of the recordings, lack of effective oversight and procedures.

Particular mention is made of the recording of  relation certain telephone recordings relating to the investigation of the death of Sophie Toscan du Plantier.

The Government also noted that the Commission found no evidence of knowledge of the recording of non-999 telephone calls on the part of relevant Ministers for Justice, the Department of Justice, the Office of the Attorney General, the Chief State Solicitor, GSOC, the Data Protection Commissioner or the Director of Public Prosecutions.

The report will now be fed into the review of An Garda Siochana which is being established by the Government on the back of the breath test scandal.

Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald will also consider, in conjunction with the Policing Authority, what short-term measures may be required in terms of legislation, technology or practices and procedures in response to the findings and recommendations of the Report.

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