Rights group raises fears ‘different way of life’ girls on garda watchlist

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The Irish Council for Civil Libertiies has raised considerations that gardaí are compiling lists of girls who could also be dwelling “different existence” or who’ve “attended left-wing political protests”.

They raised their considerations in a letter, addressed to Garda Commissioner Drew Harris, by which they referred to studies in The Sunday Instances, which detailed the best way gardaí are pursuing an investigation into an assault on the Tánaiste, Leo Varadkar.

The letter reads: “The ICCL learn with concern studies in a nationwide Sunday newspaper on eight November 2020 that gardaí are pursuing an investigation into an assault on the Tánaiste, Leo Varadkar, by specializing in girls who ‘attended left-wing political protests’ or who is perhaps dwelling ‘different existence’. We’re involved on the suggestion that gardaí might have compiled or be compiling lists of people that attend peaceable protests or are in any other case concerned in lawful political, social, or cultural actions.

“Are you able to please verify or deny that gardaí have been and are persevering with to compile a database of people who attend protests?” 

A garda spokesperson mentioned: “The Garda Press Workplace was not contacted for a remark, nor did this workplace present any remark in relation to this text. An Garda Síochána doesn’t touch upon unattributed and uncorroborated media hypothesis and conjecture.” 

The letter, which was penned by Liam Herrick, the chief director of the Irish Council for Civil Liberties, additionally mentioned:

“A person protester who takes half in a protest shouldn’t need to worry that there will probably be a report of their attendance on a garda database. We’re additionally involved on the suggestion that gardaí are pursuing investigations into younger girls who could also be dwelling ‘different existence’. This implies a level of social profiling by gardaí which we think about extremely problematic.

“Are you able to verify that gardaí are conducting investigations on the idea of ‘different existence’? If sure, are you able to please clarify how ‘different way of life’ is outlined and the way exactly an individual might develop into a suspect based mostly on their ‘different way of life’?” 

In accordance with Mr Herrick, individuals ought to be free to pursue no matter way of life they select in a free democratic society so long as they trigger no hurt.