TAOISEACH Enda Kenny has backed Justice Minister Alan Shatter again in the wake of further questions about being stopped at a drink driving checkpoint.
The Irish Independent has reported how the garda who stopped Mr Shatter at the checkpoint about five years ago felt he was not fully co-operative. And she was also asked by Mr Shatter –then a Fine Gael front bench spokesman – “Don’t you know who I am?”.
But on the way into Government buildings for this week’s cabinet meeting, Mr Kelly told reporters he would be backing Mr Shatter against a Fianna Fail motion of no confidence in him.
“The Government will defend Minister Shatter’s reform programme very strongly indeed. The Garda Commission has confirmed there was no record made of the mandatory checkpoint,” he said.
Mr Shatter was stopped at the mandatory checkpoint on Pembroke Street in Dublin city centre about five years ago – but informed sources say he said nothing to them about being asthmatic and being unable to complete the test. Mr Shatter has insisted this was the reason he was unable to complete the test.
ONE glance at the Sunday papers was enough. Someone is out to get Alan Shatter. The spat over Mick Wallace's mobile phone use and the revelation about the Justice Minister's breathalyser test-waiver has run all week. But the controversy still has legs, with moves to table a no-confidence motion in the minister.