- Irish phone tapping scandal (1983)
Michael Noonanrevealed on January 20, 1983that the previous Fianna Fáilgovernment had authorised illegal phone tapping of the journalists Geraldine Kennedyand Bruce Arnold [ [http://archives.tcm.ie/irishexaminer/2001/05/10/story2545.asp Irish Examiner, Telephone bugs that toppled a Taoiseach] ] [ [http://www.ireland.com/focus/haughey/obituary.htm Irish Times obituary for Charles Haughey] ] [ [http://www.independent.ie/opinion/editorial/full-picture-of-the-boss-can-only-be-drawn-with-shadows-92171.html?service=Print Irish Independent, "Full picture of The Boss can only be drawn with shadows" by Bruce Arnold] ] and Vincent Browne[ [http://www.irishabroad.com/news/irishinamerica/news/legendarypoljune0805.asp Irish Voice Newspaper, Legendary Pol Dies of Hemorrhage] ] . Seán Doherty signed warrants for the taps while Minister for Justice.
Resignation of Charles Haughey
Nearly a decade after the scandal broke, Seán Doherty announced at a press conference that he had shown transcripts of recordings to
Charles Haugheyin 1992while the latter was still Taoiseach. Until the press conference, Doherty had denied this. This led to Haughey's resignation as taoiseach [ [http://archives.tcm.ie/westernpeople/2005/06/15/story25825.asp Western People, The two sides of Sean Doherty, R.I.P.] ] .
Geraldine Kennedy and Bruce Arnold sued and won for the phone tapping and Vincent Browne settled out of court for earlier phone tapping [ [http://archives.tcm.ie/irishexaminer/2001/10/11/story14679.asp Irish Examiner, Bertie finally says sorry for '80s phone scandal] ] .
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