Michael Brennan: Scandal is a passport to more humiliation
AFTER a 3-2 defeat in the Aviva Stadium last Friday night, further humiliation has been inflicted on us by the Russians. They are not only taking the points we need to qualify for the European Championships, but they may very well be taking our passports, too.
That has been the theory ever since details of the spy called "Richard Murphy" who wanted a forged Irish passport emerged four months ago.
"Mr Murphy", whose real name was Vladimir Guryev, was told to meet a fellow Russian spy outside a bookshop in Rome for a "brush past" meeting. In keeping with the best traditions of espionage, he was to hold a copy of 'Time' magazine so that his contact could identify him and give him the forged Irish passport. "Murphy" was also supposed to deliver the following line: "Excuse me, could we have met in Malta in 1999?"