New State agency set to monitor airline passenger records

Measures will identify potential terror suspects flying in and out of Ireland

New State agency set to monitor airline passenger records

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The Government is planning to establish a State agency that will monitor airline passenger records to prevent terror attacks.

The Sunday Independent reports that the new international security measures will identify potential suspects flying in and out of Ireland.

The paper says it will be styled on the Criminal Assets Bureau (CAB), and have use of the gardaí, customs officials and the Revenue Commissioners office.

The new agency will be able to screen individual records for the first time, and will also have access to the US government terror watch list.

This new measure will bring Ireland up-to-date with other passenger identification units in other jurisdictions.

Security analyst Declan Power says being able to track individuals is essential.

He also says this will ensure Irish citizens have ease of access to other states - particularly the US.