Deputy for Donegal North East Pádraig Mac Lochlainn has this week called for a complete overhaul of Ireland’s interception and surveillance laws after revelations from Vodafone that Irish authorities have made over 4000 requests to secretly track phone calls.

Vodafone revealed the surveillance practices of Governments in the 29 countries it operates in this week, but said it could not release further details because the Government claimed it would be against the law, a claim which a number of legal experts have denied.

Deputy Mac Lochalinn says he has written to Justice Minister Francis Fitzgerald seeking clarification of the law, and calling for more openness in Ireland’s surveillance practices.

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