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‘Legal issues’ delay policing plan measures

‘Legal issues’ delay policing plan measures

12.9.2019

‘Legal issues’ delay policing plan measures

High-level meetings are taking place this week in a bid to resolve “legal issues” that appear to be blocking progress in implementing key recommendations in the Policing Commission report.

The Government’s implementation plan for the commission’s report had set the end of June of this year as the deadline for finalising a formal agreement between gardaí and Tusla — the Child and Family Agency — for the sharing of information between the two agencies.

But the Policing Authority has found that that the work to finalise an information-sharing protocol between the An Garda Síochána and Tusla has raised “legal issues”, and that the protocol has not been finalised.

In a statement, Tusla said they and the gardaí were meeting senior officials from the Department of Children, the Department of Justice, the Attorney General’s office and the data commissioner this week “to finalise” an agreed position on the protocol.

It said the more recent negotiations were prompted by recent data protection laws and the desire from both agencies to strengthen joint working and have a formal agreement.

It is unclear from the Policing Authority what the precise legal barriers are to information-sharing, or what legislative changes might be required to resolve them.

Read more: Irish Examiner

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