In 2017 ten members of the International Network of Civil Liberties Organizations (INCLO), including the ICCL, launched a global public information campaign, asking for our national governments to provide information about the current agreements intelligence service agencies have with other countries.
In Ireland, ICCL put freedom of information requests to An Garda Síochána, the Department of Defence and the Department of Justice and Equality.
An Garda Síochána refused the request arguing that it was subject to the FOI Act only in relation to “administrative records relating to human resources, finances, or procurement matters”.
The Department of Defence also refused saying the information requested could not be disclosed on security grounds.
The Department of Justice said it had done “a thorough search” and that one record was found. However, it was not released to us because of “matters that may prejudice or impair the prevention, detection or investigation of offences”. The department also said that since the record was “a confidential and international instrument for law enforcement, its release would affect adversely the security of the State and international relations of the State”.
Here is the full report: