Frances Fitzgerald suggests phone tapping of politicians took place in 2000's

Frances Fitzgerald suggests phone tapping of politicians took place in 2000's

The Justice Minister says it is up to the independent judge who monitors the use of phone tapping to decide if claims that have emerged should be investigated.

It has been suggested that tapping by the force took place in the early 2000's for 'political purposes'.

One detective garda was moved from his job in a unit after raising concerns.

Frances Fitzgerald says she has never used powers available to a justice minister to seek a phone tap on a politician, but suggested it could have happened in the past.

"In respect of allegations made in reports, they have not been very detailed but would appear - as I've said - they relate to matters alleged to have risen in the early 2000's.

"Of course many in this house will recall that at that time there were people who described themselves as political activists, who were at the same time engaged in activities in support of unlawful organisations," she said.


More in this Section

Man, 30s, dies following stabbing incident in Dublin; two men arrestedMan, 30s, dies following stabbing incident in Dublin; two men arrested

One northbound lane of M8 reopens following surface floodingOne northbound lane of M8 reopens following surface flooding

Councillors who bowed out at May's local elections to receive retirement gratuitiesCouncillors who bowed out at May's local elections to receive retirement gratuities

Brexit deal can be negotiated in time for EU summit, insists GovernmentBrexit deal can be negotiated in time for EU summit, insists Government


Lifestyle

I am dating a lovely guy. However, he seems really awkward about being naked in front of me.Sex File: Boyfriend keeps his T-shirt on during sex

To instantly power up your look, veer towards the hard shoulder.Bold shoulder: How to instantly power up your look

Plums are a wonderful autumn fruit, useful for all sorts of recipes both sweet and savoury. In Ireland we are blessed with wonderfully sweet plums.Currabinny Cooks: Juicy plums work for both sweet and savoury dishes

The rise of home skincare devices doesn't mean that salons and clinics no longer serve a purpose.The Skin Nerd: Don’t try this at home — new treatments in the salon

More From The Irish Examiner