Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 12 July 2014

'Spy tower' protest

DUBLIN'S shadow Foreign Affairs Minister has raised concerns that a British spy tower could have intercepted sensitive commercial information from the Republic.

DUBLIN'S shadow Foreign Affairs Minister has raised concerns that a British spy tower could have intercepted sensitive commercial information from the Republic.

Gay Mitchell of Fine Gael raised his concerns after Channel 4 News exposed that a £20m tower in Chesire intercepted all faxes, phone calls and e-mails between Britain and the Republic for the past ten years.

Mr Mitchell said: 'I've called on the Irish government to seek an explanation from the British government _ not only an explanation as to why this broad trawl of all phone calls over a 10-year period went on, but to what effect was the information put.'The tower at Capenhurst, which is 11 floors high, is now up for sale.

The Home Office said it would not comment on 'alleged interception activity', but said any tapping needs to be approved through a warrant signed by the Home Secretary.

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