Ryan and officials get ‘burner phones’ for Chinese visit

National Cyber Security Centre warns environment minister and functionaries they will likely be under surveillance at all times during St Patrick’s Day trip

Eamon Ryan, the Minister for the Environment, has been issued with a ‘burner phone’ for his St Patrick’s Day trip to China amid concerns about security. Picture: Getty

Eamon Ryan and his officials travelling to China for St Patrick’s Day have been issued with “burner phones“ and have been ordered to leave internet devices used for state business at home, the Business Post has learned.

The security advice issued to the Minister for Environment and his departmental officials highlights the serious concerns of the Irish state with regard to potential Chinese surveillance.

The Business Post understands that Ryan and his officials were briefed ...