Tuesday, 7 December 2010
Dáil Éireann Debate
171. Deputy Charles Flanagan asked the Minister for Justice and Law Reform if he will seek a report from the Irish Prison Service in respect of an incident on a public road (details supplied); if he is satisfied that there was no inappropriate use of such surveillance equipment; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [45899/10]
Minister for Justice and Law Reform (Deputy Dermot Ahern): The Irish Prison Service have informed me that queries raised by the Deputy were previously addressed by correspondence to him from the Director General of the Irish Prison Service in November 2010.
The Irish Prison Service have also informed me that an investigation into the incident took place and that it has not been possible to establish what happened on the date in question. However, the Irish Prison Service have assured me that any official camera footage taken during that time period has since been destroyed in accordance with practice of the Irish Prison Service to erase all CCTV footage after a period of 31 days unless required for investigation of offences or evidential purposes.
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