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Daly demands answers over British tapping claims

Foreign Affairs
- Reports suggest Irish cables and phone calls are being bugged by British Intelligence Agency – 
 

Fianna Fáil Senator Mark Daly and the party’s spokesperson on communications in the senate is calling on the Justice Minister to explain why foreign law enforcement agencies, including the British spy organisation General Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) are being allowed access to Irish phone-calls and emails.  The interception of underground cables was reported last weekend, and it’s now emerged that Minister Frances Fitzgerald has signed in a law which will allow this practice to continue.

Senator Daly commented, “I find it shocking that the Government would stand over the tapping of Irish data by foreign spy agencies.  What’s worse is the fact that this practice has been commonplace for years and nothing has been done to stop it.  The scale of this tapping is unknown, but it is possible that all Irish internet activity could have been monitored via these underwater cables.

“The details of this mass monitoring came to the fore last week following the publication of documents from US whistle-blower Edward Snowden, and raise serious questions about what the Irish Government knew about the bugging.  Minister Fitzgerald has remained silent on the issue despite the revelations making national and international headlines.

“The Government has been extremely secretive in its handling of this controversy; and has now enacted a law to legitimise this surveillance. Minister Fitzgerald signed the relevant section of the 2008 Criminal Justice (Mutual Assistance) Act into law at the end of November, almost keeping it under the radar, until the release of the Snowden files, which brought it to the public’s attention last week.  Despite the subsequent media attention, the Minister has remained stony silent.

“This new legislation gives extended powers to Governments to pressure telecommunications companies into allowing them access to information and threatens them with “in-camera” private court hearings should they fail to comply.  This is an extremely worrying development, and could leave personal and business data like text messages, emails, voice messages and phone calls open to exploitation.

“Minister Fitzgerald must clarify the terms of this legislation and give assurances that no monitoring will be allowed unless it is part of sanctioned criminal investigations”. 

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Irish Foreign Affairs Committee to Holds a Special Meeting on Presidents Obama’s Executive Order and the 50,000 Undocumented Irish living in the United States

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At the request of Senator Mark Daly the spokesperson for the Irish overseas and the diaspora in the Irish Senate the Foreign Affairs Committee are due to hold a special meeting next week regrading President Obama’s executive Order on immigration. The senator has requested the Minister of State for the Irish overseas and the Diaspora to come before the committee

Senator Mark Daly has called on the Government to provide extra funding to Irish Organisations throughout the United States who will be helping some of those 50,000 Undocumented Irish who qualify under the terms of the President executive order.

Senator Daly commented “There are many brilliant organisations throughout the United States such as the ILIR (Irish Lobby for Immigration Reform) Irish Pastoral Centres in Boston, San Francisco and Chicago and the Aisling Centre in New York. These organisation are dealing with countless queries from the Irish community. Their work load has increased enormously in the past few weeks and this will only increase further in the coming months as many of the 50,000 undocumented prepare to come out of the shadows and work with the US authorities to become legal.

President Obama himself referenced these people in his speeches, saying “there are Irish in Chicago who do not have their papers in order”, I am calling on the Irish government to provide the essential funding these Irish Organisation will need to help many in the Irish community get their papers in order.

Senator Daly will also be pressing the minister of state for the Irish overseas and the diaspora to push the US government for ‘Humanitarian visa’s’ which would allow those not covered by the executive order to travel to Ireland to be with family at time of distress such as a during a bereavement.
“The US state department also need to be engaged with by the Irish Government on the issue of visa waives. The State Department have done this for Mexico and they should do it for Ireland also “

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Senator Mark Daly Speaks on U.S. Immigration Reform

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Foreign Affairs Committee schedule meeting to discuss Obama immigration overhaul plans

The Foreign Affairs Committee will hold a special meeting to discuss the American President Barack Obama’s plan to overhaul the US immigration system.

Last month Obama announced a number of reliefs that will protect illegal immigrants from deportation.

There are an estimated 55,000 undocumented Irish people currently in the US.

Fianna Fáil’s spokesperson on the Diaspora, Senator Mark Daly, is calling on the Government to provide extra funding to Irish organisations throughout the US – to help the undocumented Irish who qualify under the terms of the scheme.

The meeting of the Oireachtas Foreign Affairs Committee will take place on the December 17.

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Foreign Affairs Committee schedule meeting to discuss Obama immigration overhaul plans

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The Foreign Affairs Committee will hold a special meeting to discuss the American President Barack Obama’s plan to overhaul the US immigration system.

Last month Obama announced a number of reliefs that will protect illegal immigrants from deportation.

There are an estimated 55,000 undocumented Irish people currently in the US.

Fianna Fáil’s spokesperson on the Diaspora, Senator Mark Daly, is calling on the Government to provide extra funding to Irish organisations throughout the US – to help the undocumented Irish who qualify under the terms of the scheme.

The meeting of the Oireachtas Foreign Affairs Committee will take place on the December 17.

 

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