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Thursday 16 August 2018

Thieves didn't take sensitive info - minister

Communications Minister Alex White has moved to reassure the public that no sensitive State papers were stolen in a burglary on his home last week.

A briefcase, an iPad and an Apple iMac laptop were stolen along with a car that was parked in the driveway.

There had been reports that sensitive State papers were contained in the briefcase but the minister today told the Herald this wasn't the case.

The burglary happened last Thursday night at Mr White's home in Terenure in Dublin.

Gardai launched an investigation and it is understood that location software on the Apple devices led to most of the stolen property being recovered.

Follow-up searches in Crumlin on Friday night recovered the iMac computer. The stolen car was also later recovered.

In a statement today Minister White confirmed a small number of items were stolen, most of which have been recovered, including his briefcase.

"No sensitive State papers were stolen and there is no cause for concern in this regard," said Mr White.

Opportunistic

He said he believes the burglary was opportunistic and he would like to put the matter behind him.

The government-issued computers are encrypted and sources say it would be next to impossible for anyone to gain access to the information within them.

Other houses on the road were also targeted by the burglars on the same night leading gardai to believe that a gang was on a burglary spree.

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