Investigatory Powers Tribunal hearings commence

  • 28 Feb 2024

Day 1 of the hearing over claims "No Stone Unturned" journalists Barry McCaffrey and Trevor Birney were unlawfully monitored using covert surveillance.

Séamus Dooley, NUJ Irish secretary, said:

“Today’s revelations were deeply disturbing. NUJ member Barry McCaffrey was the subject of sustained surveillance over a much longer period than we could have imagined. No matter how dark and murky we had suspected the behaviour of the authorities, today’s brief hearing has confirmed a far more egregious breaches of process.

“The NUJ’s fears about abuse of investigatory powers have been proven to be fully justified, even before the substantive hearing. At the heart of this case is the right of journalists to operate in a democratic society. Source protection cannot be guaranteed when due process is ignored. If those responsible for the rule of law cannot be trusted they certainly should not be given special powers, in the name of security. We welcome the fact that hearings will be in public, and that the truth will emerge in open court."

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