Nothing To See Here



An Garda Síochána had no common law authority to install and operate the systems, the report states.

By doing so it infringed the rights of personal privacy of those recorded and it follows that gardaí were not legally authoriesd to use the recorded information from non-emergency calls.

The Commission said there was no evidence of widespread abuse but said this could not be ruled out.

It also found gardaí had no intention, or did not deliberately, attempt to record calls between solicitors and clients.

Fennelly report highlights ‘total ignorance’ of recordings by senior gardaí (RTÉ)

Report of The Fennelly Commission

17 thoughts on “Nothing To See Here

  1. Lord Snowflakee

    I love the way they put this stuff out late in the evening on a thursday when everyone is only thinking about pints

  2. Sheik Yahbouti

    On the radio this has been billed as absolutely excoriating! The sentence above seems mild indeed. Illegal recording of telephone call went on for years. Nobody knew it was being done ; nobody knew why it was being done ; nobody authorised it ; no accused was put in jeopardy and -in particular – all convictions are safe! In short, thirty years of illegal Garda phone tappings resulted in no harm to anybody, and in any case happened accidentally. Does that sound about right?

    1. jusayinlike

      The whole electorate and judiciary were bugged by total accident, nobody to blame, move on now.. nothing to see here

      1. jusayinlike

        They borrowed the phone taps from Tony Blair who bugged anyone with a voice in Northern Ireland..

  3. Kieran Nice Young Chap

    Ah. The innocent days when we only knew about wholesale bugging.

    Happier times :P

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