Politicians differ on findings of a report on a telephone system installed in the Dáil while Charles Haughey was Taoiseach.
A Dáil committee investigating allegations of telephone bugging which took place in Leinster House in 1982 has absolved Charles Haughey of any blame.
Fianna Fáil TD (Teachta Dála) David Andrews was one of eighteen members on the Committee on Procedures and Privileges at the time of the investigation. A final report was never published, as the 1982 general election was called, and the committee ceased to exist.
David Andrews explains that the current Committee on Procedures and Privileges can seek to have the findings of the previous committee published. To the best of his knowledge,
The reality of the findings is that they conclude that there was no wrongdoing.
Fine Gael TD Jim Mitchell who was Minister for Posts and Telegraphs when he announced that the telephone system in Leinster House was set up in a way which could facilitate phone conversations being listened to covertly.
Jim Mitchell continues to stand by what he said at that time,
All I was concerned with was to reveal the fact of the existence of this disgraceful situation, and to ensure that it couldn’t happen again.
An RTÉ News report broadcast on 3 December 1984. The reporter is Colm Connolly.