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TJ McIntyre: Circling of the wagons proves how secretive surveillance system is lacking real oversight

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'It is clear that both the Irish law on phone tapping and the way it is implemented fail to meet
fundamental international standards.' Stock photo: PA

'It is clear that both the Irish law on phone tapping and the way it is implemented fail to meet fundamental international standards.' Stock photo: PA

'It is clear that both the Irish law on phone tapping and the way it is implemented fail to meet fundamental international standards.' Stock photo: PA

The reaction of the Department of Justice and An Garda Síochána to the latest phone-tapping scandal has been a predictable circling of the wagons. As usual, those bodies have refused to address the details of the allegations. We have seen generic statements, asserting that there is a legal basis for phone tapping and that it is subject to judicial oversight.

The problem with that response is simple: it is clear that both the Irish law on phone tapping and the way it is implemented fail to meet fundamental international standards.


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