Fraudulent use of Irish passports

 

Madam, – As an Irish citizen who travels extensively in the course of my work, I am very concerned about the fraudulent use of Irish passports. I have long experience of the ready welcome that an Irish passport receives in many corners of the world. This welcome is now being threatened by the use of fraudulent Irish passports by those suspected of murdering Mahmoud al-Mabhouh in Dubai.

There is a strong prima facie case against Israel: Mahmoud al-Mabhouh was seen as an enemy by Israel; Israel has engaged in foreign assassinations before; Israel has used forged third-country passports in other such operations; and no forged passports from Israel’s closest ally (the United States) were used. Clearly, the perpetrators think that they can treat Ireland, the UK, France, Germany, and Australia with contempt.

Given this evidence, the Irish Government should not accept the Israeli government’s policy of refusing to confirm or deny its involvement, but should take firm action in the absence of a formal denial.

The fraudulent use of Irish passports is not a trivial matter. It attacks the current ability of Irish citizens to travel relatively freely throughout the world, something which is an economic asset in an open economy like ours.

The Government should respond to this attack with firm action against any state found to have been involved. Such action could include, diplomatic action, travel sanctions against that state’s citizens, and forbidding Irish citizens from holding dual nationality in that state. – Yours, etc,

JOHN COSGRAVE,

Berrings,

Co Cork.