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Thursday 28 August 2014

Gilmore gave his backing to minister just before he quit

Niall O'Connor

Published 08/05/2014 | 02:30

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Minister for Justice Alan Shatter and Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore who attended the annual 1916 Commemoration Ceremony in Arbour Hill today. 
Pic:Mark Condren
7.5.2014
Former Minister for Justice Alan Shatter smiling with Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore at the annual 1916 Commemoration Ceremony in Arbour Hill today hours before his resignation. Pic:Mark Condren

LABOUR leader Eamon Gilmore publicly backed former Justice Minister Alan Shatter just two hours before his resignation was announced in the Dail.

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Mr Gilmore refused to condemn the Dublin South TD over the Mick Wallace leaking affair and pledged the full support of the Labour Party.

Accompanied by his deputy leader, Joan Burton, the Tanaiste insisted that Mr Shatter's apology to Mr Wallace was not only sufficient, but that it should be accepted by the Wexford TD.

"My understanding is that he apologised. He accepted that what he said was wrong and had apologised," Mr Gilmore said.

Earlier, both Ms Burton and Transport Minister Leo Varadkar came out in support of Mr Shatter following the decision by the Data Protection Commissioner that Mr Shatter broke the law by leaking the information on RTE's 'Primetime'.

Irish Independent

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