A TD has asked the Taoiseach to state whether he is aware of Garda units spying on water charge protestors.
Paul Murphy has raised concerns that demonstrators, including the TD himself, have been under surveillance in a project called 'Operation Misen'.
He raised the matter in the Dáil last night, where Enda Kenny said he had no knowledge of any surveillance.
However, Deputy Murphy has said he is concerned at media reports which suggest he himself may be spied upon by Gardaí.
“If a TD, for example, is being spied upon by a secret group inside the Gardaí – that is a very, very serious matter,” said Murphy.
“If people are being spied upon because they are anti-water charges protesters, because they are exercising their democratic and constitutional right to assemble and to protest - that is a serious matter.”