Tuesday 6 December 2016

Shane Coleman: Why any support for the force must not be given at the expense of the Ombudsman

Published 12/02/2014 | 02:30

Justice Minister Alan Shatter and Taoiseach Enda Kenny share a
moment. Mr Shatter has moved to take the heat out of the bugging row.
Photo: Steve Humphreys
Justice Minister Alan Shatter and Taoiseach Enda Kenny share a moment. Mr Shatter has moved to take the heat out of the bugging row. Photo: Steve Humphreys

CRISIS, what crisis? Alan Shatter's forthright 'nothing to see here' address to the Dail yesterday sucked all the heat out of the controversy.

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At least as far as the Government is concerned – the pressure on the Ombudsman's office, if anything though, continues to build.

The Minister for Justice's statement that there was "no definitive evidence of surveillance" would appear to leave little room for argument. It seems unlikely as cautious and canny an operator as Shatter would have been so emphatic in his comments unless he felt he was on sure ground.

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