KILKENNY’S Mayor David Fitzgerald has called for a publicly-accessible national criminal database to be established, which would list the convictions of every offender in the state.
Speaking at last week’s meeting of the borough council, the mayor said he had learned that there was no such database in existence when he attempted to research the background of an individual suspected of drug dealing. The gardai were unable to divulge whether the individual had any prior convictions, due to data protection laws.
“It seems bizarre that we do not have a database for criminal convictions in this country,” he said.
“I would like to publicly call for a national database of criminal convictions to be implemented and put on the web, accessible by the public.”
Cathaoirleach of the county council Paul Cuddihy seconded the call.
“If we have someone convicted in a public court, that information should be on public record,” he said.