Saturday 20 January 2018

Former Justice Minister Alan Shatter to make statement on whether he'll accept €70,000 severance payment

Alan Shatter
Alan Shatter
Alan Shatter

Daniel McConnell, Group Political Correspondent

Former Justice Minister Alan Shatter is to make a statement this afternoon as to whether or not he will accept the €70,000 severance payment to which he is entitled.

It is still not clear what the Dublin South TD’s intentions are and he will make a statement on the Plinth at Leinster House this afternoon.

Both Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore said he expects that Mr Shatter will "do the right thing" in regard to the payment.

Mr Kenny said he had spoken to the former justice minister - but not on the matter of severance pay, because he expects he will do the right thing anyway.

Speaking this morning, Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore said he will be very surprised if Mr Shatter does not do "the honourable thing" in relation to his severance payment.

Yesterday, Minister for Transport Leo Varadkar said it would be better if Mr Shatter made a decision on the payment before tomorrow's elections. Legislation abolishing such payments has been passed.

However, the statutory instrument giving effect to the relevant provision was signed a week after Mr Shatter's resignation by Public Expenditure Minister Brendan Howlin.

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