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New Garda report on British undercover policing welcome, but Minister Fitzgerald must do more – Boylan

19 October, 2016 - by Senator Lynn Boylan

Sinn Féin MEP Lynn Boylan has welcomed the news that Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald is seeking a new report from the Gardaí in relation to undercover policing in Ireland by the British Metropolitan Police.

The Dublin MEP said

“While questions still remain around the content of the original 2011 Garda Report into the matter, hopefully this new report will help to clarify some of the details regarding the presence of British undercover police and their infiltration of Irish protest groups. However, Minister Fitzgerald is still an outlier among her counterparts in Germany, Scotland, and the North of Ireland who have all sought to be included in the Pitchford Inquiry established by Theresa May.

“Police in Germany, Scotland, and the North of Ireland have all insisted that they were completely unaware of the presence of British undercover police in their jurisdictions.  However a Garda Report from 2011 seems to imply the opposite for Ireland and that the Gardaí were aware.

“Also in a Freedom of Information response I received from the Department of Justice, there is the suggestion that in some instances the Gardaí may actually seek assistance from undercover police from other jurisdictions.

“Could it be that Minister Fitzgerald’s refusal to seek the inclusion of Ireland or at the bare minimum to seek answers from British Prime Minister Theresa May is because not only did the Gardaí know of the presence of Mark Kennedy but that they may have in fact sought his assistance in monitoring Irish protest groups?

“If this is found to be the case, there are very serious questions to be asked of An Garda Síochána.” 

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