Alan Shatter describes media reports on photograph expenses as a 'misleading and untruthful impression'
Published 19/08/2015 | 10:15
Former justice minister Alan Shatter has described media reports about expenses claims for photographs as "a misleading and untruthful impression".
Yesterday, many media reports circulated that the Fine Gael TD had claimed €12 in expenses for his passport photos while serving as a minister.
These reports followed a Freedom of Information request from the Irish Daily Star.
However, Mr Shatter told The Irish Times that he was required to get photographs taken for a Lebanese visa for an official visit to the country as minister for defence.
"I was asked to have photos taken and told to furnish receipts," he told the paper.
"My recollection is that my private secretary had to chase after me to get them."
The Dublin South TD expressed his disappointment and upset at a number of media outlets and broadcasters across the country who carried the story.