Monday 11 December 2017

Alan Shatter: 'I must be the most vindicated politician in the history of the State'

Alan Shatter speaking on Claire Byrne Live Photo: Screengrab from RTÉ Player
Alan Shatter speaking on Claire Byrne Live Photo: Screengrab from RTÉ Player
Amy Molloy

Amy Molloy

Alan Shatter has described himself as "the most vindicated politician in the history of the State" and said accusations that he didn't do his job properly as Justice Minister were proven untrue.

The former Fine Gael minister also hasn't ruled out a return to politics, saying: "I have made no definitive decision".

"One of the things I’m experiencing is no matter where I am... I am constantly approached by Fine Gael members and Fine Gael supporters asking if I’ll go back into politics," he told Claire Byrne Live.

Mr Shatter said he still has "lots of friends" within the party, with some continuing to communicate with him privately.

When asked about his relationship with former Taoiseach Enda Kenny he said it is "non-existent".

"I would have been very supportive of him, very close to him and had a very high regard for him, but events occurred that, for me, were unexpected.

"I found myself in a lot of controversy in the first quarter of 2014, there were all sorts of accusations made that I wasn’t doing my job properly.Three-and-a-half years later - we have three judicial inquiries. I must be the most vindicated politician in the history of the State because they have all investigated the frenzy of allegations that were made and they’ve established I dealt with matters correctly and told the truth at all times.

"It was like some sort of parallel universe where you kept telling the truth about stuff and people kept on accusing you of lying."

The former justice minister said he believed he had been treated unfairly by his party colleagues in Fine Gael, as he handled all issues with gardai in the "correct and appropriate" manner.

Mr Shatter recently launched his book 'Life is a Funny Old Business' in which he wrote about some of his more personal experiences in life, including the loss of his mother to suicide when he was just 14.

"Any family that experiences the suicide of a loved one, whether it’s a son or a daughter or a parent, it takes a long time to come to terms with that and I think there are always questions that you can’t answer as to why it all occurred," he said.

"I think I was very fortunate in one sense in that I had a father who talked about things. I think with his support and the way that we talked our way through it, I managed to become resilient and get on with life."

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