Under new anti-terror laws, airlines will supply passenger information to the Government from non EU flights entering or leaving Ireland.
The new legislation, which is due to come into effect in May of this year, is part of a "shared intelligence network" to tackle serious crime, according to the Irish Mirror.
He said the proposed new system is recognised in the EU as a key element in fighting terrorism.
"It will facilitate informed, co-ordinated and targeted action among member states and enhance national and EU security to protect the safety and lives of individual citizens."
The new rules will have safeguards in place in order to protect people’s data, and to ensure the data is solely used for fighting terrorism and other serious crime, according to the publication.
The new Passenger Information Unit will be based in Dublin.
A Data Protection Commissioner spokesman said: "This legislation is derived from an EU directive and it is expected it will adhere to data protection legislation and jurisprudence set down by the European Court of Justice."