531. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the status of the communications (retention of data) Bill; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [13478/19]


Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): In October 2017 the Government approved my proposals for a revision of existing data retention legislation to take account of evolving ECJ jurisprudence in this area.
Drafting of the Communications (Data Retention and Disclosure) Bill is well advanced and I would expect to be in a position to publish the Bill later this year.