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UNCLAS DUBLIN 000310
E.O. 12958: N/A TAGS: PTER ASEC PREL KTFN PHUM PINS SUBJECT: PRESIDENT SIGNS TERRORISM BILL INTO LAW
REF: 04 DUBLIN 01811
On March 9, 2005, President Mary McAleese signed the Criminal Justice (Terrorism Offenses) Bill 2002 into law. This legislation brings Ireland in line with United Nations Conventions and European Union Framework decisions on combating terrorism; provides the legal framework necessary for ratifying the remaining four UN conventions on terrorism (this could happen within 90 days); and significantly strengthens the government's ability to seize assets and prosecute those suspected of supporting terrorism. Until this law passed, GOI authorities could pursue and prosecute suspects of terrorism, notably terrorism financing, only if they also had committed criminal offenses in Ireland or had been designated by the UN or EU. The new law also allows the national police to require that telecommunications service providers retain data for three years. While the pace of passing this law was glacial, ultimately, all the main political parties supported it, with the exception of Sinn Fein. Sinn Fein justice spokesman Aengus O'Snodaigh called it a "human rights disaster waiting to happen." The Irish Council for Civil Liberties and the Human Rights Commission expressed concern as well.