The Oireachtas Joint Committee on Justice is set to delve into the question of whether companies based in Ireland are manufacturing and selling spyware. This was prompted by a letter from Barry Andrews, an MEP from Fianna Fáil, expressing apprehension that Ireland may become a haven for these clandestine organizations; specifically singling out Intellexa, a group that produces phone hacking technology known as Predator.
In November 2020, a European Parliament committee of inquiry published a draft report which revealed the Irish Government had declined to respond to questions posed by Currency website about any interactions between Thalestris or Intellexa and the State, as well as any potential use of their services. Moreover, the Government also refused to comment on the matter.
This worrying story continues to unfold, now requiring further exploration by an established panel in order to discover how far-reaching these insidious activities may be. With serious implications for Ireland’s international reputation, the Oireachtas needs to quickly gain clarity on this matter and ensure it becomes fully investigated before more harm is done.