'Yes, we showed devices to gardai'
THE British consultancy firm that carried out a security sweep of the Garda Siochana Ombudsman Commission's headquarters has confirmed that it demonstrated surveillance equipment to the gardai while in Dublin last year.
Verrimus tweeted confirmation in response to yesterday's story in the Irish Independent, which revealed that the company had shown gardai equipment similar to one of the devices at the centre of the 'bugging' controversy.
However, Verrimus said that its officials demonstrated a number of specialist technical surveillance counter measures to the gardai on behalf of their manufacturers and agent.
But they tweeted that they did not, and could not, sell those specific devices. It is understood that the officials discussed prices and told gardai they could purchase the "ISMI catcher" at between £80,000 and £100,000.