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Sunday 21 September 2014

Eight Independent TDs call on Shatter to step down

Published 20/02/2014 | 13:13

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Minister for Justice Alan Shatter. Photo: Tony Gavin
Minister for Justice Alan Shatter. Photo: Tony Gavin

EIGHT Independent TDs have today called on Justice Minister Alan Shatter to resign over his handling of issues raised by garda whistleblower Seargeant Maurice McCabe.

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The deputies strongly criticised Mr Shatter and said events of recent days meant his position is now untenable.

Dublin South TD Shane Ross and his Independent colleague Catherine Murphy both questioned Mr Shatter's judgement in relation to the affair, while Finian McGrath said he believed the public has lost confidence in him.

"My position is that not only have I lost confidence in the Minister, but in recent days, from talking to the general public, they've lost confidence," Mr McGrath said.

"What I'm really concerned about is that the justice system in this country is being severely damaged.

"It needs to be dealt with head-on, and I think Shatter should go."

Independent TDs Roisin Shortall, John Halligan, Mattie McGrath, Joan Collins and Thomas Pringle also said they believed Mr Shatter's position is untenable.

Former European Affairs Minister Lucinda Creighton stopped short of calling on the minister to resign but called on him to immediately address the Dail on the controversy.

She described yesterday's sacking of the garda confidential recipient as "quite frankly disgraceful".

The call for Mr Shatter to step down was made at a press conference this morning, during which the TDs launched the Judicial Appointments bill.

The bill would result in  the replacement of the Judicial Advisory Board (JAB) with an dependent Judicial Appointments Council.

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