Sunday 15 December 2019

Man held over alleged surveillance of garda HQ

A 23-YEAR-OLD man was arrested in Dublin yesterday in connected with alleged garda surveillance in September.

The man is currently being detained in Ballymun Garda station.

Last September, detectives investigating the activities of dissident republicans searched a room in the Harcourt Hotel, near the garda headquarters in Dubln, and found surveillance equipment, including a digital camera.

Images taken from the seized camera were of serving officers, as part of what detectives believe was an attempt to gather information about gardaí.

The hotel is across the road from the building housing the garda specialist units, the National Bureau of Criminal Investigation, Organised Crime Unit, the Garda Bureau of Fraud Investigation and the Special Detective Unit.

The room had been booked under a false name and at the time two men were arrested and held under suspicion of membership of an unlawful organisation and providing assistance to an unlawful organisation.

A 41-year-old man subsequently appeared in court charged with spying on the garda station from the Harcourt Street hotel and the second man was released without charge but gardaí said a file was being prepared for the DPP.

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