JUSTICE Minister Alan Shatter has transferred responsibility for censoring books to Arts Minister Jimmy Deenihan to avoid a conflict of interest over his racy novel ‘Laura’.
A decision was made at the weekly Cabinet meeting today to transfer the responsibility for the Censorship of Publications Board to Mr Deenihan.
A Government spokesman said it was felt it would be a more appropriate function for the Minister for Arts, and to avoid a potential conflict of interest.
The spokesman did not name Mr Shatter’s book, which is subject to a complaint, but said he understood a book written by a minister is subject to a complaint and could come before the board, which Mr Shatter appoints.
The decision is effective for both the Censorship of Publications Board and the Censorship of Publications Appeal Board.