Phone-snooping furore places GSOC in the public spotlight once again
The revelations about snooping on the phone records of journalists is the third major controversy to engulf the embattled garda watchdog in just two years.
It comes on the back of the garda "bugging" scandal and the tragic death by suicide of a garda sergeant who was under GSOC investigation.
Take the "bugging" affair. GSOC hired experts to do a sweep of its offices on the back of rather flimsy indicators that it may have been bugged.