The Irish government will ask the US Congress to award it billions in legal damages over spying on Irish citizens, it has been revealed.
The Irish government last year announced it would seek a total of €1bn in damages from the US, but a report by the Irish Senate has suggested it may seek a much bigger sum, possibly as much as €6.5bn.
Speaking to The Irish Independent on Tuesday, US senator Patrick Leahy said the US government should pay damages to Ireland for its alleged surveillance of US citizens.
The report, commissioned by Senator Leahy, said the Irish government’s efforts to fight the US spy agency NSA were being thwarted by US President Donald Trump’s administration, which had blocked the government from seeking judicial review of the NSA’s surveillance activities.
“It has been alleged that the US administration has made decisions that have hampered our ability to prosecute cases against NSA, and that has led to the decision of the Department of Justice to seek damages against us,” Senator Leahys office said in a statement.
“The President’s executive order was blocked by the courts in April.
We are currently working with a legal team to prepare a legal response to the president’s order and will be releasing details of this process once it is complete.””
However, as a matter of urgency, the Senate is preparing legislation that would allow for judicial review in our case, if the President decides to continue to pursue this path.”
We are currently working with a legal team to prepare a legal response to the president’s order and will be releasing details of this process once it is complete.
“Senator Leahy told the Irish Independent that he believes the US would seek to pursue a “substantial amount of damages”.”
They have said that they will seek the full amount.
He added that the amount of the damages awarded in this case was “significant”.”
That’s where the Irish people would come in.”
He added that the amount of the damages awarded in this case was “significant”.
The Irish Senate’s report said that US Senator Patrick Leahys staff members had access to information on Irish-American persons “without any checks or oversight”.
“We cannot understand why the United States government has decided to seek to use this report and the work of the Irish senators to pursue damages,” Senator Patrick said.
We need a free, independent and transparent justice system in Ireland.”