Elaine Byrne: Why we should be concerned about Chinese covert activity in Ireland

A small sign on a Dublin street may seem far removed from the world of international spies, but as the European base for US tech and pharma, Ireland is a target for espionage operations

A Chinese “police station" on Capel Street was ordered to “cease operations” by Simon Coveney’s Department of Foreign Affairs last week.

“Fuzhou Police Service Overseas Station” were the innocuous words on a plaque placed at the entrance of a supermarket, directly opposite a barber shop, a credit union and an adult store on the newly pedestrianised street in Dublin.

Dutch, Canadian and other western governments also launched investigations last week into these stations, which are ...