Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore: Alan Shatter's resignation was 'inevitable'
Alan Shatter's resignation as Minister for Justice was "inevitable", said Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore.
Speaking after Mr Shatter's resignation was announced in the Dail this afternoon, the Labour leader paid tribute to former Justice Minister Alan Shatter for “his outstanding record of accomplishment as Minister for Justice and Defence”.
“While I believe that the Minister’s decision to resign was, in the circumstances, inevitable I want to pay tribute to Alan Shatter for his work in the Departments of Justice and Defence,” Mr Gilmore said in a statement this evening.
Mr Gilmore described the former minister as “a talented legal thinker who worked incredibly hard on his reform agenda”.
The Tanaiste highlighted Mr Shatter’s achievements in office, citing the reform of the legal profession, modernisation of the Courts, landmark personal insolvency legislation and modernisation and reform of the prison service.
“He was Minister for Justice in difficult economic times and he has a record of which he should be proud. I wish him every success in the future,” the Labour leader concluded.
Both Mr Gilmore and Mr Shatter attended a 1916 commemoration event at Arbour Hill in Dublin this morning along with Taoiseach Enda Kenny.
Mr Gilmore and Mr Shatter were pictured laughing together with no sign that anything as dramatic as Mr Shatter's resignation was to come later in the day.