There is no evidence that the Irish public are subjected to widespread or unsupervised mass surveillance.
That is the Dáil statement by the Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald in the wake of it emerging that the Garda Ombudsman had accessed the call logs of journalists phones.
Wexford TD Mick Wallace claimed as many as 40 requests a day are being made for access to phone records.
Minister Fitzgerald has defended the various laws in place, saying they are needed to tackle serious crime and terrorism: “You are making statements there without any evidence, you are saying that the public are being subject to this.
“There is no evidence that the public are being subject to widespread or unsupervised mass surveillance.
“We have law and by the way these laws came through this Oireachtas, were discussed in detail.”