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Wednesday 1 October 2014

Alan Shatter allegedly exchanges words with photographer after being snapped during family lunch

Published 21/05/2014 | 14:47

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Former cabinet minister Alan Shatter was involved in an alleged verbal altercation with a photographer when he was snapped enjoying a family lunch yesterday.

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Mr Shatter was spotted having a family lunch at Pasta Fresca on Chatham Street in Dublin 2 by photographer Mark Doyle.

The TD, who retired as Minister for Justice earlier this month, is under pressure to reject the €70,000 severance payment to which he is entitled to.

Before he resigned as minister, Mr Shatter attracted controversy over the garda taping scandal and the resignation of the Garda Commissioner.

Snapper Mark Doyle claims that Shatter got so fed up with him in the space of “90 seconds” that the TD complained.

Restaurant owner May Frisby told RTE’s Liveline that Mr Shatter was entitled to have a private family lunch without being “pestered”.

“He was sitting on the terrace. He’s very much entitled to be out to his lunch without being photographed.”

“Regardless of what I feel about Alan Shatter and the debacle that has been unfolding in the past few weeks, I think he’s entitled to have a family dinner.”

“He was having a private lunch. He shouldn’t really be bothered. He wasn’t doing anything in public. He was just having a family lunch.”

“If he’s doing something private, he should be left alone.”

However the photographer Mr Doyle claimed that he was just doing his job, and he has photographed plenty of famous people who haven't complained.

“Out of the corner of my eye I saw Alan Shatter sitting down.”

“90 seconds later he was walking by the flower sellers and I snapped him again, and he came over,” the photographer claimed.

“I’ve been in the city around a lot of famous people and they don’t [complain].”

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