Garda Síochána ombudsman bugging reports: Shatter wants explanation

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Image caption Irish Minister for Justice Alan Shatter wants to know why he was not told about the allegations

The Irish minister for justice has asked the police ombudsman's office to explain allegations that its premises were bugged.

Reports suggest a security sweep of the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission's offices last year uncovered evidence of electronic surveillance in a meeting room and its wi-fi being compromised.

Alan Shatter has asked the commission to explain why it commissioned a UK-based security company to carry out a sweep of its Dublin office and why he was not told about it.

He is due to meet ombudsman representatives later.

The claims first emerged in the Sunday Times.

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