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Saturday 23 August 2014

Shatter accused of knowing about garda allegations for two years

Fionnan Sheahan

Published 20/02/2014 | 12:52

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Minister for Justice Alan Shatter. Photo: Tony Gavin
Minister for Justice Alan Shatter. Photo: Tony Gavin

Justice Minister Alan Shatter has been accused of knowing about allegations of mismanagement of cases, including murder, abduction and assault, by the gardai for the past two years.

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But Labour Party deputy leader Joan Burton has expressed confidence in Mr Shatter.

Standing in for Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore on Leaders Questions in the Dail, she said: “Do I have confidence in Minister Shatter? Yes, the Government has confidence in Minister Shatter?”

Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin said he has passed a new file of allegations to Taoiseach Enda Kenny.

The file was given by a garda whistleblower to the Confidential Recipient on wrongdoing in the garda and then passed to Mr Shatter, he said.

“Minister Shatter knew about these very shocking and serious cases for two years,”

The minister sacked the Confidential Recipient Oliver Connolly this week.

Mr Martin wants a comprehensive statement from Mr Shatter in relation to the affair.

The Fianna Fail leader says the file includes the Mary Lynch abduction, the murder of Sylvia Roche-Kelly, abductions and assaults.

Ms Burton said there were obviously important issues raised in the letter and material you sent to the Taoiseach.

“If you have sent the material to the Taoiseach, it is only reasonable to expect the Taoiseach to be given time to consider it,” she said.

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