Opportunity to raise undercover policing must be taken - Lynn Boylan MEP
Sinn Fein MEP, Lynn Boylan has called on Minister Frances Fitzgerald to raise undercover policing with the British Home Secretary, Amber Rudd when they meet later this month.
The Dublin MEP said:
“Minister Fitzgerald will have the perfect opportunity to seek the answers and clarifications that the victims of British Metropolitan Undercover policing in Ireland deserve.
“The explanation put forward by An Garda Siochána for the presence of British undercover policing has thrown up a number of questions.
“The Gardaí have admitted that they were aware of undercover British Police operating in Ireland. However they insist that these arrangements are normal between jurisdictions when a potentially dangerous individual unknown to the local police force enters the jurisdiction.
“However, this does not explain the activities of Mark Kennedy. Key witnesses in the British Investigation into undercover policing have told how Mark Kennedy suggested the trip to Ireland. In fact not only did Mr Kennedy propose the trip, he also provided the transport and paid for the activists to travel.
“Minister Fitzgerald must ask Home Secretary, Amber Rudd; who authorised this trip to Ireland? Who sanctioned the list of Irish campaign groups that were to be targeted? She must also seek to find out if any convictions in Ireland were secured on evidence or actions carried out by undercover British police officers.”