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Ireland: Corrib gas protestors allegedly under 24-hour surveillance by private security firm Integrated Risk Management Services (IRMS); campaigners say this could amount to harassment

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11 August 2012

Corrib security firm 'acts responsibly' [Ireland]

Author: Lorna Siggins, Irish Times

The company which provides security for the Corrib gas project in...Mayo has said it is working “to the highest standards”. Integrated Risk Management Services (IRMS) was responding to disclosure of a company “situation report”, recording movements at a protest camp...overlooking the Corrib gas pipeline worksite. In a statement...IRMS said that “we are tasked with protecting people and property in respect of the Corrib gas project and in so doing, operate to the highest standards, acting responsibly and proportionally at all times”. The Private Security Authority (PSA), which is the State regulator for the security industry, said it was “not aware of any breach of the Private Security Services Acts or any other legislation in relation to this incident”.

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10 August 2012

Rossport protesters under 24-hour surveillance by private security firm [Ireland]

Author: Lorna Siggins, Irish Times

Opponents of the Corrib gas project in...Mayo are seeking legal advice on a communication recording 24-hour surveillance of a protestors' camp by a private security company. The emailed communication involves a “situation report” documenting movements at the Rossport solidarity camp, compiled by Integrated Risk Management Services (I-RMS), the security company employed by Shell E&P Ireland and Corrib gas developers...I-RMS said “we are tasked with protecting people and property in respect of the Corrib gas project and in so doing, operate to the highest standards, acting responsibly and proportionally at all times”...Digital Rights Ireland, said such a situation could amount to a potential criminal offence of harassment...The nature of collection and distribution of such information also raised questions under the Data Protection Act...[refers to Senaca Group]

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