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Wednesday 18 October 2017

Gilmore: Shatter made ‘right decision’ after ‘damning’ report

Former Minister for Justice and Defence, Alan Shatter and Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore
Former Minister for Justice and Defence, Alan Shatter and Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore
Caroline Crawford

Caroline Crawford

TANAISTE Eamon Gilmore has described the Guerin Report into the garda whistleblowing controversy as 'damning' adding that former Justice Minister Alan Shatter was right to resign.

Mr Gilmore said he had read substantive parts of the report and been briefed on it, adding; "I think that Alan Shatter made the right decision to resign".

"I have read the substantive parts of it and I've been briefed on it and looked at some of the detailed cases that it deals with.

"It is a serious report, it is a very damning report and I think that it is to Alan Shatter's credit that he saw the report himself yesterday, that he took the decision to take responsibility, to resign," he said.

Speaking in Galway at the launch of Lorraine Higgins European Election campaign, Mr Gilmore added that he had discussed the appointment of Frances Fitzgerald to the Justice portfolio yesteday evening with the Taoiseach.

"I'm very happy with the decision to appoint Frances Fitzgerald as Minister for Justice and Equality. She's an outstanding Minister, I've been working with her in her capacity as Minister for Children, a great Cabinet colleague, I'm delighted for her and I wish her well," he added.

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