Friday 23 February 2018

No bugs found at tribunal's offices

Tom Brady Security Editor

GARDAI have revealed they found no evidence of interference with telephones during a sweep of the Moriarty Tribunal offices.

Concerns were raised by the tribunal about possible interference on a direct line used personally by the judge and these were pursued by officers from the force's crime and security branch.

After declining to comment on the investigation over the weekend, the garda authorities broke their silence yesterday.

A statement from their headquarters said the force regularly carried out security checks in state offices and buildings.

"These can be conducted as routine or on request and cover both physical and technical infrastructure," it added. "Our general policy is not to comment in any detail on security matters."

It said no evidence had been found of interference with the telephone system at the Moriarty Tribunal offices.

A technical team from the telecommunications unit was sent to Dublin Castle to examine all phone lines and check internal and external access points but discovered nothing to substantiate the concerns.

Meanwhile, Independent TD Michael Lowry, who was criticised in the Moriarty Tribunal report, described the phone tapping complaint to gardai as "another far-fetched suspicion of the tribunal".

He added: "They obviously are suffering from some sort of bunker mentality and a bit of paranoia. It was the tribunal who reported this matter to the gardai, obviously convinced somebody had done it; and you heard the response that it was absolute nonsense."

Irish Independent

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