Ireland supports measures to oblige airlines to send details of passengers on flights coming into Ireland directly to the gardaí.

Justice Minister Alan Shatter told the Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors that they will be able to share this information with other EU police forces, while investigating crimes such as drug smuggling and human trafficking.

The Minister said he believed the measure would be an important tool for countering the activities of organised criminals and terrorists.

He said the Dáil had already approved Ireland's participation in this measure and expected the Seanad would do likewise.

Minister Shatter also said progress was being made to allow EU police forces to exchange vehicle registration details, as well as fingerprint and DNA related data.

The garda's fingerprint system is to be linked to the systems of other European police forces, he added.

The Minister also told the AGSI conference that following the tragedy at Abbeylara, Co Longford in 2000, forensic psychiatrists are now available to gardaí dealing with barricade incidents.

John Carthy was shot dead by garda marksmen in Abbeylara on 19 April 2000.