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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, 2002Template:Ref of over a hundred individuals suspected of downloading child pornography, it was one of the largest police operations in Ireland's history.

Following from a United States Postal Service investigation in the United States, details of 130 people were passed to the Garda Síochána.Template:Ref Several high profile individuals were caught in the operation, including Circuit Court Judge Brian CurtinTemplate:Ref and celebrity chef Tim AllenTemplate:Ref.


  1. Template:Note Anita Guidera, Ex-priest jailed on child porn charges, The Poynter Institute (Online), October 16 2003.
  2. Template:Note Cormac O’Keeffe, Nationwide swoop followed FBI tip-off , Irish Examiner, April 24 2004.
  3. Template:Note Irish judge's home raided in porn swoop, News.telegraph, May 30 2002.
  4. Template:Note Child porn charges admitted, BBC News Europe, January 16 2003.
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