A private investigator has appeared in court on charges of breaching data protection laws, including obtaining and disclosing information from garda records.
Michael Gaynor trading as MJG Investigations, Beatty Grove, Celbridge faces 72 charges under the Data Protection Acts.
It is understood to be the first prosecution of its kind taken by the Data Protection Commissioner.
Three of the charges relate to obtaining and disclosing information controlled by gardaí about three men on dates between May and October last year.
Nine relate to obtaining and disclosing information on a number of men and women which was controlled by the ESB.
60 charges relate to processing information on people without being on the official data protection register.
The offences are alleged to have occurred between May and October last year.
At Dublin District Court this morning, Mr Gaynor's lawyers said they would be raising issues about the admissibility of certain evidence.
Mr Gaynor has not yet entered a plea. The case has been adjourned until 21 July.