Sinn Féin Leader to raise INM data breach on floor of the Dáil

Sinn Féin Leader Mary Lou McDonald TD has said she will raise the issue of the data breach at Independent News and Media on the floor of the Dáil next week.

Teachta McDonald described the allegation of a data breach as very disturbing saying an independent press is fundamental to any functioning democracy.

Speaking today Ms McDonald said;

“The allegations surrounding data breach at Independent News and Media are very disturbing.

“It is important that we await the full publication of the ODCE affidavit to the High Court.

“The allegation that a firm was hired to conduct an interrogation of electronic records of journalists and others at INM is extremely concerning. The allegation that files were taken outside of the company and searched is alarming.

“An independent press is fundamental to any functioning democracy and this must include the ability of journalists to do their job without fear or favour or without breaches of confidence.

“The government must ensure that journalists are protected and supported in their work.

“There are outstanding questions for INM to answer about what information was retrieved, who it was shared with, and to what end.

“I will be raising this matter on the floor of the Dáil next week.”