Fresh row over apology to judiciary
A TD has alleged that a Government official was put under pressure to apologise to the judiciary over claims that judges were not treating burglary as a serious crime, writes Shane Phelan.
Jimmy Martin, a member of the Department of Justice's management team, issued a letter of apology to the President of the District Court, Judge Rosemary Horgan, after his remarks at the Dáil Public Accounts Committee (PAC) caused controversy last week.
But the row over his remarks continued yesterday, with the PAC vice-chairman John Deasy criticising the issuing of the apology.
"It transpires that pressure was put on that official to apologise for those remarks," he said at a meeting of the PAC. "I want the Department of Justice to explain why the official was forced to write an apology."
The committee has now written to the department, seeking information on what sparked the apology.