Frances Fitzgerald: 'Alan Shatter had every right to speak his mind about Guerin report'
Published 20/06/2014 | 11:34
Minister Frances Fitzgerald has said Former Minister Alan Shatter had every right to speak in the Dail yesterday about the findings of the Guerin report.
However, Minister Fitzgerald stood by the report and said that it outlined the need for a commission of investigation because of the "serious and disturbing" findings of the report.
"The Government's view on the report is that it was a serious and disturbing report but the government decided on the basis of the material on the report that a commission of investigation should be established," said the Minister.
She said it was important that all sides get to tell their story in the investigation.
Elsewhere, the Minister said that she would like to see a crossover between the establishment of the Garda Authority and a new Garda Commissioner.
Minister Fitzgerald said that this could be possible with the involvement of members of the Garda Authority in the appointment.
She also acknowledged that this is a challenging time for the Gardai.
"It is a challenging time. I believe that the Gardai, the commissioner and all involved are working in challenging circumstances but from my meetings with the Garda Representative Association and the Commissioner , I believe that they are getting on with their duties."
The Garda commissioner is yet to speak but is due to at a coffee break at approx half 10.