Tuesday 28 January 2020

Kenny says Shatter not collecting information on people

Justice Minister Alan Shatter
Justice Minister Alan Shatter
Justice Minister Alan Shatter

Fionnan Sheahan

TAOISEACH Enda Kenny says Justice Minister Alan Shatter is "not going around collecting information" on politicians or members of the public.

Mr Kenny was forced to defend Mr Shatter in the wake of the minister's use of garda information on Independent TD Mick Wallace.

The Justice Minister will make a statement on the controversy later on this evening.

The Taoiseach rejected claims Mr Shatter had abused his power and should resign.

"The Minister for Justice is not going around collecting information on any individual or any party or any member of the public," he said.

Fianna Fáil leader Micheal Martin said Mr Shatter's actions "represents an abuse of power,   an abuse of office" and was "fundamentally wrong".

Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams asked the Taoiseach if Mr Shatter should resign.

Independent TD John Halligan said he believed Mr Shatter had information on other people.

Mr Kenny defended Mr Shatter's use of the information, saying it was not used to undermine Mr Wallace - but the argument he was putting forward.

"What Minister Shatter said was not an allegation about anything. What he said was a comment, a piece of information, which was actually confirmed by Deputy Wallace himself as being true and being accurate.

"It is not an allegation. It was a segment of information that was true and was relevant to the overall discussion and the argument being put forward by Deputy Wallace in relation to fixed penalty charges.

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