From top: Today’s Irish Daily Mail, Det Supt Jim McGowan and Garda Commissioner Noirin O’Sullivan
Via today’s Irish Daily Mail:
A Garda team led by the Commissioner’s husband has been secretly ‘spying’ on water protesters, the Irish Daily Mail can reveal.
The special investigation unit – that operates under the codename Operation Mizen – has spent six months monitoring the protesters, compiling profiles and gathering intelligence on their whereabouts, according to sources.
By coincidence, the officer leading Operation Mizen is the same man pursuing criminal investigations against various members of the gardaí for allegedly leaking information to journalists.
Detective Superintendent Jim McGowan, the husband of Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan, heads the team of half a dozen officers tasked with closely monitoring the water protesters and gathering intelligence on their whereabouts.
The Mail understands that the investigating officers also closely monitor social media and track the organising of the water protests and its leaders.
Dossiers on many of the ‘ringleaders’ of the protests have been compiled….
Operation Mizen is currently just Dublin-focused but it is expected to be upgraded to a national operation.
Revealed: Garda Spy On Water Activists (The Irish Daily Mail, unavailable online)