Irish phone tapping scandal (1983)

Irish phone tapping scandal (1983)

Michael Noonan revealed on January 20,1983 that the previous Fianna Fáil government had authorised illegal phone tapping of the journalists Geraldine Kennedy and Bruce Arnold [ [ Irish Examiner, Telephone bugs that toppled a Taoiseach] ] [ [ Irish Times obituary for Charles Haughey] ] [ [ Irish Independent, "Full picture of The Boss can only be drawn with shadows" by Bruce Arnold] ] and Vincent Browne [ [ Irish Voice Newspaper, Legendary Pol Dies of Hemorrhage] ] . Seán Doherty signed warrants for the taps while Minister for Justice.

Resignation of Charles Haughey

Nearly a decade after the scandal broke, Seán Doherty announced at a press conference that he had shown transcripts of recordings to Charles Haughey in 1992 while the latter was still Taoiseach. Until the press conference, Doherty had denied this. This led to Haughey's resignation as taoiseach [ [ Western People, The two sides of Sean Doherty, R.I.P.] ] .

Geraldine Kennedy and Bruce Arnold sued and won for the phone tapping and Vincent Browne settled out of court for earlier phone tapping [ [ Irish Examiner, Bertie finally says sorry for '80s phone scandal] ] .


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