Politics

Wednesday 23 July 2014

Taoiseach dismisses claims of 'secret meeting' with Shatter before garda taping revelations

Philip Ryan

Published 15/05/2014|13:07

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Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Alan Shatter
Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Alan Shatter

THE Taoiseach’s office have dismissed claims Enda Kenny held a secret meeting with former Justice Minister Alan Shatter on the morning before he was told about the widespread taping of telephone calls in garda stations.

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Sinn Fein Deputy Leader Mary Lou McDonald revealed details of a previously unknown meeting in the Dail this afternoon.

Ms McDonald said the Taoiseach’s diary, which she obtained through a Freedom of Information request, showed a meeting scheduled with Mr Shatter and his officials at 7.30am on Sunday, March 23.

However, a Government spokesman said the entry was entered into the diary retrospectively and should have been recorded as 7.30pm on Monday, March 24.

At 5.30pm on March 23, Mr Kenny met with Attorney General Marie Whelan and she revealed concerns about the recording of incoming and outgoing calls in garda stations.

Mr Kenny previously told the Dail he met Mr Shatter and Department of Justice secretary general Brian Purcell the following day to discuss the controversy.

It was after this meeting that Mr Purcell was sent to Mr Callinan’s home to discuss the crisis.

Mr Callinan retired from his position the following morning, hours before the Government first revealed the extent of secret recordings in garda stations.

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