Monday 23 April 2018

Government did raise bugging with US

Taoiseach Enda Kenny
Taoiseach Enda Kenny

Fionnan Sheahan Group Political Editor

THE Government has raised the possibility of phone calls and emails in Ireland being spied on with the US authorities.

The contact with the US was made at official level, a Government spokesman has confirmed.

"My understanding is the matter was taken up at official level. I think it was taken up during the Summer," the spokesman said.

Last week, Taoiseach Enda Kenny says he has not raised the possibility of phone calls and emails in Ireland being spied on with the US authorities.

The storm over the US bugging of German Chancellor Angela Merkel dominated an EU summit yesterday.

The revelations about the tapping of the German leader follows reports earlier in the year of spying on France and the European Union.

But Mr Kenny said he had not checked with the US authorities about Ireland also being on the list of friendly countries being targeted.

"Have I raised that with the United States? No, I haven't raised it with America. I haven't. But I said yesterday, if the allegations were true that the private mobile phone of the German Chancellor was being listened into, then I find that an appalling situation.

"The Chancellor herself has spoken to the American President about it. She has also made it very clear that she wants to move on here now to the future and both herself and President Hollande in making a declaration with the United States, I think, will build on that," he said.

"So I think this is an issue, obviously has been in worldwide news, but she has been very clear that she wants to move on here," he added.

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