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Taoiseach Enda Kenny at a press conference in the Westbury Hotel earlier today. Photo: PA

Taoiseach Enda Kenny at a press conference in the Westbury Hotel earlier today. Photo: PA

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Taoiseach Enda Kenny at a press conference in the Westbury Hotel earlier today. Photo: PA

TAOISEACH Enda Kenny has been asked to request the Garda Commissioner get the gardai involved Justice Minister Alan Shatter's breath test incident to give their version of events.

Mr Kenny says he has spoken to Mr Shatter and accepts his explanation.

He says the Justice Minister will outline tonight how his asthma prevented him from completing a breathalyser test.

Following a report in today's Irish Independent, the Taoiseach was asked about the incident by Fianna Fáil justice spokesman Niall Collins and Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams.

Mr Adams said there had to be a garda report on the mandatory checkpoint itself five years ago, where the incident occurred.

"Could the Commissioner not ask the garda - the bean garda - to clarify this matter and seek a report from the gardai involved," he said.

Mr Kenny says the Garda Commissioner has told the Secretary General of the Department of Justice there is no report of the incident.

The Irish Independent has learned a garda report filed on the incident has gone missing.

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