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Sunday 21 January 2018

Taoiseach hits back at Shatter claims over Guerin Report

Kelly Shatter: defended her father, former Justice Minister Alan Shatter
Kelly Shatter: defended her father, former Justice Minister Alan Shatter
Former justice minister Alan Shatter
Philip Ryan

Philip Ryan

The Taoiseach's office has hit back at claims from former Justice Minister Alan Shatter that it was "secretly engaging" with the independent investigation into his handling of garda whistleblower allegations.

Mr Shatter's legal team has demanded to see the contents of letters between Enda Kenny's officials and barrister Seán Guerin, whose report on Mr Shatter ultimately led to his resignation.

Gallagher Shatter Solicitors reportedly claimed that not releasing the letters could publicly undermine the work of future independent inquiries.

Legal firm Arthur Cox, which was representing the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (Gsoc) during the investigation, also raised concerns about the Guerin Investigation copying the Department of the Taoiseach on correspondence.

A Government spokesman confirmed correspondence was received from Mr Guerin but said he was "not requesting action of the department". A senior Government source insisted the allegations of secret contact are "untrue and not credible".

Meanwhile, Mr Shatter's daughter Kelly has hit out at her father's critics.

"You're protective. He's your father. You don't want people saying sh*t about him. It's as simple as that," she said.

Ms Shatter, whose play 'Big Bobby, Little Bobby' opens tonight at the Smock Alley Theatre in Dublin, described her father as a man of integrity.

She added: "I am very proud of what he has done for this country. The stuff I'm very proud of that sticks out for me - as a woman, as a feminist - is the stuff that is socially liberalising. Divorce. Abortion. Gay marriage." She added she suffered anti-semitic abuse in primary school.

Irish Independent

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