Operation Amethyst

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Operation Amethyst was a Garda Síochána (police) operation targeting child pornography in the Republic of Ireland. Involving simultaneous searches on May 25, 2002[1] of over 100 individuals suspected of downloading child pornography, it was one of the largest police operations in Ireland's history.

Following a United States Postal Service investigation in the United States, details of 130 people were passed to the Garda Síochána.[2] The homes of over 100 suspected users of the site were raided [3], including several high-profile individuals including Circuit Court Judge Brian Curtin[4] and celebrity chef Tim Allen[5].


  1. ^ Anita Guidera, Ex-priest jailed on child porn charges, The Poynter Institute (Online), October 16 2003.
  2. ^ Cormac O’Keeffe, Nationwide swoop followed FBI tip-off , Irish Examiner, April 24 2004.
  3. ^ Crime.ie’s guide to the biggest and best gardaí operations, Crime.ie, May 24, 2012
  4. ^ Irish judge's home raided in porn swoop, News.telegraph, May 30 2002.
  5. ^ Child porn charges admitted, BBC News Europe, January 16 2003.