The Government has appointed retired High Court Judge John Cooke to conduct the independent inquiry into the reports of unlawful surveillance or ‘bugging’ of the Garda Siochana Ombudsman Commission (GSOC).
The Public Interest Investigation is believed to take up to eight weeks and will also examine all reports, transcripts, records, minutes, correspondence and documentation considered relevant to the investigation.
It will identify the sequence of events and facts leading up to the inquiry and aims to review and assess any evidence of a security breach or attempted security breach at GSOC.
If necessary, the inquiry will make recommendations on how to improve the existing security arrangements of GSOC. There could also be recommendations with regard to legislation.