Donegal Deputy calls for overhaul of surveillance laws

Padraig MacLochlainn on Tonight with Vincent Browne last night
Padraig MacLochlainn

Donegal North East Deputy Padraig Mac Lochlainn is calling for an overhaul of Ireland's interception and surveillance laws.

It follows revelations from Vodafone that Irish authorities have made over 4000 requests to secretly track phone calls.

The mobile operator today revealed surveillance practices of governments in the 29 countries it operates in, but said it could release no further details because the government claimed it would be against the law, a claim denied by a number of legal experts.

Deputy Mac Lochlainn, Sinn Fein's Justice Spokesperson, says he's written to Justice Minister Francis Fitzgerald seeking clarification of the law, and calling for more openness.