Tuesday 23 January 2018

Gay Byrne: Shatter is ‘next in line’

Gay Byrne
Gay Byrne

THE CHAIRMAN OF the Road Safety Authority has said that the former Garda Commission could have avoided controversy if he had apologised for his remarks

Martin Callinan resigned from his post today in light of the whistleblower controversy.

But Mr Byrne has said that it could have been avoided if he, along with Justice Minister Alan Shatter, gauged the mood of the country a couple of weeks ago and issued an apology.

“He was a very, very nice man,” he told Ray D’Arcy on Today FM this morning.

“It is very sad to see the downturn of a good man.”

“I feel he should have clarified his comments and apologised. If he had apologised two or three weeks ago it would have been accepted,” he added.

Mr Byrne said that had Mr Callinan simply apologised for his comments towards the whistleblowers then a resignation wouldn’t have been necessary, but added that Minister Shatter is now in a precarious position.

“I would imagine that Minister Shatter is the next in line. He is now in a weakened position.”

“Both men failed to recognise the strength of opinion around the country.”

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