Tuesday 30 May 2017

John Drennan: Muted response to Russian use of passports will anger Israelis

John Drennan

John Drennan

Ireland's uneasy diplomatic relations with Israel are likely to come under further strain as a result of the government's muted response to a series of allegations that Russian spies have been using Irish passports.

The Sunday Independent revealed last week that an Irish passport from the Irish 'To Russia with Love Charity' was stolen and copied during a volunteer's visit to Russia. The Russian spy agency is also alleged to have hacked into the charity's computer and fraudulently copied Irish passports that may have been used by a glamorous agent called Cynthia Murphy in the US.

In spite of a growing body of allegations that Irish passports are being routinely forged by Kremlin agencies, the Department of Foreign Affairs has only engaged in one low-profile private contact.

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