Friday 9 October 2015

Labour back Shatter in wake of whistleblower apology

  • Shatter apologises to whistleblowers for wrongly claiming that they failed to cooperate with a garda inquiry into the penalty points controversy
  • Taoiseach accused of “sacking” Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan over recording of conversations in garda stations
  • “You essentially sacked him,” Fianna Fail's Micheal Martin said
  • It remains to be seen whether Mr Shatter's apology will be enough to salvage ministerial role
  • Garda Inspectorate report found "consistent and widespread breaches of policy" by those who had access to penalty points system
  • Mr Shatter said the practice of recording phone calls to and from garda stations is of "serious concern"

    Published 26/03/2014 | 18:55

    Brendan Howlin
    Brendan Howlin

    Justice Minister Alan Shatter has received the backing of the Labour Party in the wake of his apology to the garda whistleblowers.

    Public Spending Minister Brendan Howlin has expressed confidence in the minister.

    “I think what he has done now is the right thing,” he said.

    “I think the right thing was done today,” he added.

    Mr Howlin said Mr Shatter was “a very competent and able minister”.

    “He has the full confidence of every member of the Government,” he said.

    Further reading:

    Justice Minister apologises to whistleblowers

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