Saturday 23 September 2017

Shatter claims Kenny 'mistakenly' told Dail he took responsibility for McCabe failings

Alan Shatter and Enda Kenny
Alan Shatter and Enda Kenny
Philip Ryan

Philip Ryan

Alan Shatter has heaped pressure on Taoiseach Enda Kenny by accusing him of “mistakenly” telling the Dáil he had taken responsibility for inadequately dealing with whistleblower allegations

In a strongly worded letter to the Fine Gael leader, Mr Shatter claims the report from Justice Kevin O’Higgins’ Commission of Investigation “totally contradict and are incompatible” with the findings of barrister Sean Guerin’s report on the same allegations.

Mr Guerin’s report led to the resignation of Mr Shatter after its damning findings pointed to alleged failings by the former minister in his dealings with Sgt Maurice McCabe.

Mr Shatter said he was “surprised” Mr Kenny and the current Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald did not note the discrepancies between the two reports when the O’Higgins Commission published its findings.

He said he raised concerns about Mr Guerin’s report on the day of his resignation and in the weeks that followed.

“On the day of my resignation, the 7th May 2014, you mistakenly informed the Dail that when resigning, I 'took responsibility' for the 'inadequacy of the action' taken by me 'in responding to the allegations made by Sgt McCabe' as depicted in the Guerin Report,” Mr Shatter said.

“No such acceptance of 'responsibility was either expressed by me or contained in my letter of resignation and it is clear, as a consequence of the O’Higgins Report, that there is no question of the action taken by me being inadequate. 

"On this, I believe that it is reasonable that the Dail record should also be corrected and I am asking you to do so,” he added.

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