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Legalising tapping now? So what were we doing in 1982?

Posted by Jason O on Apr 17, 2009 in Irish Politics |

Sean Doherty authorised electronic surveillance in the 1980s. If not for tapping criminals, then who?

Sean Doherty authorised electronic surveillance in the 1980s. If not for tapping criminals, then who?

According to today’s Irish Times we are going to pass a law to allow covert tapping and submission of same in courts. Yet, as Geraldine Kennedy, Bruce Arnold and Vincent Browne proved, the Gardai had electronic surveillance equipment in the early 1980s. So what was it bought for, if it could not be used to gather evidence on criminals?

As a young activist in the PDs in the early 1990s, I was warned in PD head office never to discuss political issues on the phones, as it was taken as read that our phones were tapped by FF friendly Gardai. And we were in government at the time! Some country.  

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