Apparently, the government of Ireland knows for certain that Russian intelligence copied the passport of a Donegal firefighter who visited Russia in 2005, and provided the copy to one of its spies caught recently by the FBI. The question is, What will Ireland do about this insult to its sovereignty? Will the Irish expel a Russian diplomat, as they did when they caught Israel using forged Irish documents, or is it only a big deal when Israel does it? Niall O'Dowd worries about the double standard:
It is time to expel a Russian diplomat from Ireland after the Eunan Doherty passport saga.
Doherty, a native of Donegal has been informed that his passport or a false version of it was used by New Jersey Russian spy Richard Murphy on a trip he took to Moscow in February of this year.
If the Irish government does not expel a diplomat they will be accused of double standards given the fact that they expelled an Israeli diplomat after a similar fraud incident.
It is now clear that Russian Embassy officials in Dublin duplicated the passport of Eunan Doherty, a Donegal fireman who went on vacation to Russia in 2005.