US lobbies ministers over Huawei ‘spy risk’ | Ireland

US politicians and government officials have lobbied senior ministers on the use of Huawei technology in Ireland.

The United States has been pressurising countries to boycott the Chinese telecoms operator amid claims that its 5G technology could be used by Beijing to conduct espionage.

Simon Coveney and Richard Bruton, the communications minister, have both discussed the use of Huawei’s technology with US representatives. Last month the tánaiste met Chris Murphy, the Democrat senator, as well as US embassy officials.

Niall Burgess, the secretary-general at the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), and a number of other departmental officials have also been lobbied on the matter.

A DFA spokesman said: “This issue was specifically raised with the tánaiste on March 22, in the context of a meeting…

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