Monday 15 October 2018

Shatter wins appeal over Mick Wallace TV revelation

'Mr Shatter had denied the incident on 'Prime Time' in May 2013 amounted to disclosure of personal data' Stock photo: PA Archive
'Mr Shatter had denied the incident on 'Prime Time' in May 2013 amounted to disclosure of personal data' Stock photo: PA Archive

Tim Healy

Former justice minister Alan Shatter has won his appeal following the TV revelation about TD Mick Wallace using a mobile phone while driving.

The Data Protection Commissioner (DPC) previously found Mr Shatter's disclosure was in breach of his statutory duties under the Data Protection Acts.

Mr Shatter had denied the incident on 'Prime Time' in May 2013 amounted to disclosure of personal data. He argued he never had a written record of information verbally communicated to him by then-Garda commissioner Martin Callinan and what he had said did not amount to "processing" it.

Mr Justice Charles Meenan allowed the appeal after finding errors in the DPC's application of the acts to the circumstances of this case.

Irish Independent

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