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Friday 23 February 2018

Shatter abused his position to “sully reputation” of whistleblowers – Fianna Fail

Minister for Justice Alan Shatter
Minister for Justice Alan Shatter
Fionnan Sheahan

Fionnan Sheahan

Justice Minister Alan Shatter has been accused of abusing his position to “sully the reputation” of garda whistleblowers.

Mr Shatter has again faced calls for his resignation in the Dail.

Fianna Fail’s Dara Calleary said Mr Shatter “abused the privileges” of the Dail in comments about the whistleblowers.

“Minister Shatter clearly abused the privileges of his office to try to sully the reputation of a garda,” he said.

Mr Calleary said Taoiseach Enda Kenny was being depicted as “Mighty Mouse” by his spindoctors in his dealings with Frank Flannery.

“When it comes to Minister Shatter, the Taoiseach is a church mouse,” he said.

Mr Calleary called for Mr Shatter to apologise to the garda whistleblowers.

Sinn Fein’s Aengus O Snodaigh called for Mr Shatter to resign.

Jobs Minister Richard Bruton said Mr Shatter had acted properly.

“The minister has been fully accountable,” he said.

Mr Bruton said the minister was being criticized for political reasons.

“I do not accept the Minister for Justice has failed in any respect,” he said.

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