Deputy Michael Colreavy, Sinn Féin TD for Sligo/North Leitrim has called for an independent inquiry into the bugging of GSOC offices to be established.
Speaking in the Dáil, Deputy Colreavy said:
“Since the story of the bugging of GSOC’s offices broke it is clear that a full, independent inquiry is needed to establish the facts of this case.
“There are numerous questions that remain to be answered and statements made by Minister Shatter have failed to address public concerns about this serious scandal.
“Everybody (with the exception of Minister Shatter, the Taoiseach and government Ministers) accepts that GSOC’s offices were bugged and that it is possible that classified or sensitive information that may have been in their possession was compromised.
“The Gardaí have become centre of this scandal and the burden of responsibility lies upon their organisation to ensure that they are above reproach on this matter.
“They must acknowledge what type of surveillance gathering they are involved in and what technology they do and do not use. They must clarify whether they ever employ private companies to carry out surveillance operations.
“Could surveillance of GSOC ever be justified legally, for example if it was believed that members of GSOC were leaking information to journalists as they have been accused? And could the Official Secrets Act be used to justify such an operation? Only a full independent inquiry will be able to resolve such questions.”