How garda watchdog tape slipped below radar
Claims about Alan Shatter’s attitude to whistleblowers have been made in the Dail, but is Irish society bothered, asks Colum Kenny
Last week, serious claims were made about the Justice Minister’s attitude towards whistleblowers. You may not have noticed this, because much of the media all but ignored it.
Like the penalty points affair itself, these claims and how we respond to them are a test of how much Irish society really cares about reform.
The claims were based on an alleged transcript of a tape-recording of a meeting between a garda whistleblower and the Confidential Recipient, as the person officially appointed by the Government to help garda whistleblowers is known.