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'It's hard to stomach seeing Mick Wallace presenting himself as a victim'

Leo Varadkar enters the garda discrepancy controversy, saying he has full confidence in Alan Shatter

Emma Jane Hade

Published 07/05/2014 | 11:51

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Mick Wallace, inset, Minister Leo Varadkar
Minister Leo Varadkar
Minister Leo Varadkar

TRANSPORT Minister Leo Varadkar has said that he has full confidence in Justice Minister Alan Shatter, despite the recent revelations that he broke the law.

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Speaking about the Justice Minister's error in revealing that Independent deputy Mick Wallace had benefitted from garda discrepancy, he said that he should be forgiven as "it did happen over one year ago". 

"What he did was wrong but he has admitted that and apologised for it. 

"I think it is a bit hard to stomach seeing Mick Wallace presenting himself as some sort of victim. 

"He is a deputy I like a lot on a personal level.  But let's not forget he is somebody that has broken the law himself, and a much more serious law.

"He broke our tax laws.  And as well as that, this whole issue came to light when he was on television complaining about Garda discretion when he had actually availed of Garda discretion himself. 

"So I really think at this stage that it happened one year ago, Alan Shatter has admitted he was wrong and has apologised.

"Mick Wallace should be man enough now to accept that apology."

He said that "there a lot of issues on the doors" as he canvasses ahead of the upcoming local and European elections, but that Alan Shatter "isn't a big one".

He added that he "absolutely" still has confidence in the Justice Minister, who has apologised for his "mistake".

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