Taoiseach backs plans to use bugged information for prosecution evidence in court
By Tom Brady
Garda tactics to tackle gangland crime and drug trafficking were backed yesterday by Taoiseach Brian Cowen.
Details of the “in your face” policing strategy ordered by Garda Commissioner Fachtna Murphy were outlined to the Taoiseach at a special security briefing.
The talks, which also involved Justice Minister Dermot Ahern and Department of Justice secretary general Sean Aylward, had been organised for some time.
But the two weekend gangland murders — the first in three months — and the recent spate of garda successes against drug traffickers were high on the agenda.
The minister said he intended to press ahead with the legislation proposed by his predecessor, Brian Lenihan, to enable the gardai to use vital information, gathered through surveillance techniques, as prosecution evidence in court against serious crime suspects.
The legislation will focus on evidence acquired through bugging places where criminals meet, including their homes and cars.