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Tuesday 16 September 2014

Gilmore launches veiled attack on Shatter

Published 16/04/2014 | 02:30

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TANAISTE Eamon Gilmore has launched a thinly veiled attack on Justice Minister Alan Shatter over delays in establishing a new garda watchdog.

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The Labour Party has long argued the case for an independent garda authority but their proposals were met with resistance from Mr Shatter.

Welcoming the Government's decision to establish a new garda oversight body, Mr Gilmore said: "It is a pity that it has taken so long.

"It is a pity that the decision was resisted by some for so long. But better late than not at all."

Mr Gilmore also criticised the relationship between the Justice Minister and the Garda Commissioner as a "weakness" in the justice system.

The Labour Party leader said legislation currently governing the roles was outdated and needed to be changed.

He said gardai report to the minister of the day in "private and secret" before the minister reports back to the Dail, adding: "Those days are gone and the 21st Century demands a wholly new model."

Meanwhile, Taoiseach Enda Kenny revealed the Commission of Investigation into the secret recording of conversations in garda stations will cost the State at least €2m.

The appointment of staff will be subjected to the approval of the Taoiseach and the Public Expenditure Minister Brendan Howlin. The independent review will be handled by the Taoiseach's Department.

Irish Independent

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