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

Published 17/10/2010 | 05:00

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.

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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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