Sunday 22 April 2018

'Ming' Flanagan: Unmarked garda car followed me from meeting with whistleblower John Wilson

Independent TD Luke 'Ming' Flanagan
Independent TD Luke 'Ming' Flanagan
Garda whistleblower John Wilson

INDEPENDENT TD Luke 'Ming' Flanagan has suggested that he and whistleblower John Wilson are under surveillance by the gardai.

During extraordinary scenes in the Dail, the Roscommon TD alleged that an unmarked garda car followed them as they were having a meeting in a coffee shop in Dublin City.

Mr Flanagan reacted furiously to the Taoiseach's response to the claims, describing Mr Kenny as "a disgrace".

According to Mr Flanagan, he and Mr Wilson were in the presence of a serving garda who was preparing to provide information to the garda ombudsman about alleged corruption in the national drugs unit.

He said that they were in the "infamous Insomnia coffee shop" across from the GSOC headquarters on Upper Abbey Street.

The shop was at the centre of the GSOC bugging controversy after it emerged that the source of an external wi-fi network, which had connected with a device in GSOC's offices, was traced to the outlet.

During his debut performance during Leaders' Questions, Mr Flanagan raised his alleged surveillance with the Taoiseach.

The garda in their company was extremely worried about bringing the allegations to the ombudsman, Mr Flanagan added.

However, he said that during their meeting in the coffee shop, an unmarked garda car was spotted outside.

This compounded the concern of the officer, who was described as a "quivering wreck".

Mr Kenny said he could not comment on the specific surveillance allegations.

"You walk in here and you give a report to people of Ireland about being followed about being under surveillance," Mr Kenny said.

"I have no information about Deputy Flanagan being shadowed by unmarked car Maybe they thought somebody was dealing or something, I don't know," he added,

Mr Wilson was in the Dail gallery when the allegations were made.

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