Kenny defends Shatter in Garda row
Published 19/05/2013 | 22:31
Taoiseach Enda Kenny has defended Justice Minister Alan Shatter's use of information held by the Garda when he revealed that Independent TD Mick Wallace had escaped penalty points for using a mobile phone while driving last year.
Mr Wallace has accused Mr Shatter of trying to discredit him by revealing the information. Mr Shatter, who has been accused of abusing Garda information for political purposes, declined to say where he got his information.
Mr Kenny said the Minister had pointed out that Mr Wallace was "adamant" that gardai should show no discretion when awarding penalty points for motoring offence when the deputy himself was "the recipient of discretion before a fixed penalty point notice was actually issued."
The Taoiseach said that this information was relevant to the background of this discussion.
"People cannot have it both ways. You cannot be saying that there should be no discretion used and at the same time avail of discretion," he told RTE.
He added: "I want to make it clear that the Minister for Justice is not in a position of collecting files on any individual or any member of the House or anybody else."