State Being Sued Over Alleged Witness Protection Failures

A man is suing the State over alleged failures to give him a new identity and a new home as part of the witness protection programme.

It is claimed that David Mooney now lives in fear for his life, cannot work, has been refused social welfare and cannot use his PPS number after his involvement in a witness protection programme in 2002.

The High Court has heard that as part of his agreement to enter into the witness protection programme Mr Mooney was promised a new identity and a green card for the US, along with a house and a car.

Mr Mooney alleges that none of these have been done and his lawyers want the case heard as a matter of urgency due to threats on his life,

State lawyers however deny the claims and say there is no urgency as Mooney left witness protection in 2006.

Mr Mooney wants the court to order the State to provide him with the benefits he was promised alongside damages.

The case will return to court in June.


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