Wednesday 28 June 2017

GSOC's tale of snoops, spies and intrigue descends into farce again

The Garda Ombudsman's office has been sniffing through journalists' contacts in a probe that lacks teeth

Scrutiny: Phone records of up to 50 individuals may also have featured in an investigation of alleged leaks around the arrest of Independent TD Clare Daly
Scrutiny: Phone records of up to 50 individuals may also have featured in an investigation of alleged leaks around the arrest of Independent TD Clare Daly

Paul Williams

The disturbing revelations that the Garda Ombudsman Commission has been snooping on journalists' phone records confirms the watchdog's predilection for spookery, intrigue - and farce.

It is more than a little ironic that this is the same organisation which created a crisis in the justice system two years ago on a claim, later found to be groundless, that it was the victim of a spy plot of which John le Carre would be proud.

But the drama ended in ignominy for the watchdog as the controversy descended into farce and the plot turned out to be more Austin Powers than James Bond.

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