Sunday 20 April 2014

Shatter transfers book censorship powers over his racy novel

Justice Minister Alan Shatter
Justice Minister Alan Shatter

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.

Irish Independent

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