Saturday 19 August 2017

Phone-snooping furore places GSOC in the public spotlight once again

Former GSOC chairman Simon O'Brien
Former GSOC chairman Simon O'Brien
Shane Phelan

Shane Phelan

The revelations about snooping on the phone records of journalists is the third major controversy to engulf the embattled garda watchdog in just two years.

It comes on the back of the garda "bugging" scandal and the tragic death by suicide of a garda sergeant who was under GSOC investigation.

Take the "bugging" affair. GSOC hired experts to do a sweep of its offices on the back of rather flimsy indicators that it may have been bugged.

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