Justice Minister backs legislation to make it an offence to photograph gardai on duty

Monday, Sep 17th, 2018 in Photography News by Alan Murphy

Minister for Justice, Charles Flanagan, today supported calls to outlaw taking photographs of members of the gardai on duty. You can listen to the full interview here – below is the part where he speaks about the proposal. This has been spoken about before but there have been renewed mutterings again following the Take Back the City protests last week.

The interview came in for immediate criticism – not only from members of the public but by prominent photographers, journalists and trade unionists.

Ray McManus, President of the PPAI tweeted:

Journalist Philip Nolan had this to say:

Seamus Dooley of the NUJ made this observation:

The Minister did move to clarify matters:

This proposal is a knee jerk reaction and one that must be resisted. There are laws in place to deal with all matters that arise from policing and protests – use them and don’t restrict the rights of people.