Uplift, with support from the trade union Unite, commissioned a Red C public opinion poll on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) trade deals. – 74% of people polled in Ireland want a referendum on TTIP and CETA.– 62% agree that EU standards should not be changed to match US or Canadian standards.
The FBI claims that he is one of five most wanted top hackers in the world named in court papers filed in Manhattan yesterday.
A garda spokesman said the student had been freed this morning while a file on the case was being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).
Mr O’Cearbhail, studying at Trinity College Dublin, was questioned on suspicion of membership of Anonymous and spin-off collective Lulz Sec.
He was also suspected of hacking into a garda officer's personal email and sourcing information on the January conference call before secretly recording it and passing it on to others.
Award winning student Mr O’Cearbhail left St Brendan’s Community School, Birr, Co Offaly, just last year, and achieved 505 points in his Leaving Certificate.
For the last two years he represented Ireland in the International Olympiads on Informatics hosted in Canada and Thailand and he is a recipient of an Offaly Development Board ‘STEM’ scholarship for excellence and dedication in the promotion of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, He is currently a junior freshman in Trinity where he is studying Medicinal Chemistry.
In his Linked In profile he states: “I have a strong interest in all aspects of computer science.
A second Irish student, Darren Martyn, listed as being 25 but believed to be 19, from Galway, with the hacker name pwnsauce, was also named on the charge sheet published by the US Attorney's office. First year student Mr O’Cearbhail faces up to 15 years in a US prison if convicted on allegations of computer hacking and telephone intercepts.
He is the son of Offaly Independent Councillor John Carroll from Birr, a former Sinn Fein candidate in local elections.
NUI Galway student Mr Martyn, faces a potential 20 year sentence if he is found guilty on allegations outlined in New York court documents, which include hacking a Garda/FBI conference call, the Fox broadcasting network and the Fine Gael website.
While Mr O’ Cearrbhail was questioned for 24 hours at Terenure Garda Station in Dublin after his arrest at his Dartry apartment, Mr Martyn, under the alias info_doc took to his Twitter account saying he was frightened but would ‘keep on smiling while I am walking about”.