Labour Party’s answer: نہیں، اور قانون سازی کو شہری مواصلات کی نگرانی کی روک تھام کو روکناMinister for Public Expenditure & Reform Brendan Howlin has responded to the controversy over the Garda Siochana Ombudsman Commission unilaterally accessing details of journalists’ phone calls.
"There is a new issue that has now emerged and that is the maintenance and protection of the freedom of the press, which is really a fundamental pillar of our democracy," he said.
Speaking on RTÉ’s This Week, Mr Howlin said the recent approach taken in the United Kingdom - in which each application to look at a journalist's phone records requires judicial oversight - was a good one.
"Any application [to monitor phones] under the current law is reviewed annually by a judge, but the Minister for Justice has indicated that we need to go further, probably, in relation to this particular issue.
"[Frances Fitzgerald] is reviewing it and I think the model that happens in Britain is not a bad one for us to look at and that is that each application for the looking at a journalist's telephone records would be subject to an individual analysis by an independent judge," added Mr Howlin.Source