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Tuesday 29 July 2014

Irish Council for Civil Liberties expresses regret at Shatter's resignation

Tom Brady, Security Editor

Published 07/05/2014|19:35

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**** NO FEE PIC*** 12/04/2012 Alan Shatter TD, Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence during a conference on the "The EU Directive on Victims Rights: Opportunities and Challenges for Ireland" hosted by the the Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) in Dublin Castle. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Alan Shatter

The Irish Council for Civil Liberties has expressed its regret at the resignation of Alan Shatter as Justice Minister.

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Council director Mark Kelly said that however critical and controversial the findings of the Guerin review might be, it very much regretted that it had become necessary for a minister as distinguished as Alan Shatter to resign in those circumstances.

He said the council shared the view of Taoiseach Enda Kenny that Mr Shatter was an exceptionally hard working, radical and reforming minister.

"In particular, he brought to his position a genuine and deeply knowledgeable understanding of the legal reforms needed to render Ireland a more equal society and was wholeheartedly committed to seeing the necessary legislation adopted.

"In this, and in many other areas, where vital law reform projects remain incomplete, his talents and his undoubted mettle will be sorely missed", Mr Kelly added.

He recalled that from the outset of the controversies the council had been calling for a full and comprehensive inquiry and it trusted that this would now be done without any further delay.

The Garda Representative Association and the Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors both declined to comment until after the findings of the review carried out by senior counsel, Sean Guerin, had been published.

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