It has emerged that the Garda oversight body has been monitoring the phones of journalists.
Two reporters have found that their phone records have been accessed as part of a GSOC investigation.
Laws introduced last year gave GSOC the same power as Garda superintendents to access phone and email records.
One of the journalists who had his phone accessed - the Herald's Chief reporter Conor Feehan – has said he was angry after learning of the invasion of his privacy: “What we have to ask is, who is under investigation in all of this.
“GSOC were set up to monitor the activity of the Gardaí not journalists, but certainly I feel like I am the one under investigation in this particular circumstance because it is my phone that they have been going through.”