Video analytics cameras and hidden cameras will be available to local authorities, as well as the Department of Justice and the Health Service Executive, as part of the rollout of a pilot scheme to make it easier for them to be used.

The move follows similar efforts in Britain, where councils are being asked to provide video footage to local law enforcement to help investigate crimes.

In Ireland, video footage from CCTV cameras is being used to assist in police investigations.

A Department of Health spokesperson said: “This pilot scheme will be rolled out across local authorities over the coming months, and will help to address concerns around the need to protect the privacy of people in the community.”

This will include allowing local authorities to share video footage with the police and the Department.

“Video analysis cameras will cost up to €400 each, which local authorities can apply for for at their discretion.