Saturday 16 December 2017

First phone-tapping, then the dark art of illegal surveillance

C.J. Haughey at 'Phone Tapping' press conference in 1992
C.J. Haughey at 'Phone Tapping' press conference in 1992

We know the US authorities monitor communications of millions of people -- including Ms Merkel

Michael Noonan in 1983, when Justice Minister in a Fine Gael-Labour coalition, ordered a huge trawl to discover whether unauthorised telephone tapping was widespread.

His action followed one of the most sensational events of the "GUBU era" under a Fianna Fail-led government headed by Charles J Haughey. It had emerged that his predecessor as Justice Minister, Sean Doherty, had authorised the tapping of two prominent journalists' phones, Bruce Arnold's and Geraldine Kennedy's, between March and November 1982.

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