Wednesday 18 October 2017

Shatter: I hope the next justice minister is in the room

Minister at Irish citizens conferring

Minister for Justice Alan Shatter
Minister for Justice Alan Shatter

Niall O'Connor, Political Correspondent

JUSTICE Minister Alan Shatter has been conferring more than 3,000 new Irish citizens at a ceremony in Dublin's Convention Centre.

Mr Shatter refused to take questions from the media on the ongoing controversies surrounding the garda tapes and the shock resignation last week of  former Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan.

A spokeswoman for Mr Shatter said he is "too busy" to take questions.

Addressing delegates, Mr Shatter said he hoped there is a future Taoiseach or Justice Minister in the auditorium.

"The decision to apply to become an Irish citizen, I know, is not one made lightly. And today is a major event in your life and the lives of your family," he said.

"I am very conscious that taking Irish citizenship is a life altering event. Not only for you , but for generations yet to come in your family. The impact not only on your children but your grandchildren and your great grandchildren.

"Here among you and among your children or grandchildren, there may well be a future Taoiseach, future president, future judge, or perhaps even a future Minister for Justice who will be granting citizenship to future new citizens."

The Fine Gael minister also paid tribute to An Garda Siochana, members of whom were present at the event.

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