O’Sullivan: Tánaiste should meet with victims of British spying

6th February 2017



Green Party Senator and former Greenpeace activist Grace O’Sullivan today called on the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice, Frances Fitzgerald TD, to meet with environmental activists who were victims of British spying in Ireland.
 
Senator O’Sullivan, who herself was a victim of spying and survived a bomb attack by the French secret service while campaigning on the Rainbow Warrior, made the call as it emerged the Tánaiste has ignored letters and pleas from campaigners for a public investigation, as the UK launches an inquiry into the scandal in England.
 
Speaking today, Senator O’Sullivan said: “The environmental campaigners who were victims of spying are only looking for fairness here. Their rights have been violated by a foreign police service, sometimes acting on Irish soil. These were people that were engaging in peaceful activism, volunteering and standing up for a better society.
 
“The manner in which some of the campaigners were treated is truly appalling. Something needs to be done about it. Did the Gardaí know there was British agents spying on Irish citizens in Ireland? Did they give permission? Did the Minister know? An internal inquiry is not enough in this case. The victims deserve answers.”