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The name is O'Boyle . . . Seamus O'Boyle

Published 24/12/2005 | 00:11

The Irish Secret Service is the poor relation of intelligence agencies internationally. Damian Corless reports on theworkings of an enigmatic state operation

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The Irish Secret Service is not a spent force. According to figures released this week, it's a half-spent force. Between 1996 and 2004, it used just ?3.5m of ?7.8m allocated to it in the Dail's annual Secret Service Vote, effectively handing back the rest.

Deputies pass the budget unseen, on the say-so of the Minister for Finance and one other minister. The Comptroller & Auditor General, who normally puts the public accounts under the microscope, is obliged to sign his approval while looking away.

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