Written Answers - Interception Orders.

Tuesday, 6 March 2007

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 633 No. 1

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  212.  Mr. P. McGrath  Information on Paul McGrath  Zoom on Paul McGrath   asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform  Information on Michael McDowell  Zoom on Michael McDowell   the number of telecommunications interception orders which he signed each year since taking office. [8858/07]

  213.  Mr. P. McGrath  Information on Paul McGrath  Zoom on Paul McGrath   asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform  Information on Michael McDowell  Zoom on Michael McDowell   the number of telecommunications interception orders presently approved by his Department. [8859/07]

  214.  Mr. P. McGrath  Information on Paul McGrath  Zoom on Paul McGrath   asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform  Information on Michael McDowell  Zoom on Michael McDowell   the categories of persons for whom telecommunications interception orders are presently in place. [8860/07]

Tánaiste and Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform (Mr. McDowell): Information on Michael McDowell  Zoom on Michael McDowell  I propose to take Questions Nos. 212 to 214, inclusive, together.

Lawful interception is governed by the provisions of the Interception of Postal Packets and Telecommunications Messages (Regulation) Act 1993. Section 2 of that Act states that an authorisation to intercept may be granted only for the purpose of the investigation of serious crime or in the interests of the security of the State. It is not the practice and it would be contrary to the public interest to reveal either the categories of person to whom authorisations to intercept relate and the number of such authorisations.


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