Wednesday 13 December 2017

Varadkar has 'absolute confidence' in Shatter and Whelan

Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport Leo Varadkar TD. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport Leo Varadkar TD. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

Niall O'Connor Political Correspondent

TRANSPORT Minister Leo Varadkar has said he has "absolute confidence" in both Alan Shatter and the Attorney General Maire Whelan.

However, Mr Varadkar accepted that he had differences with Mr Shatter which were ironed out at a meeting in Government Buildings on Tuesday.

Speaking at an event in Dublin, the Fine Gael minister said he personally finds the revelations surrounding the garda tapes "quite confusing".

But he said he is confident that all matters at hand will be dealt with by the Commission of Investigation and the new garda authority.

Asked if he had full confidence in Mr Shatter, he said: "I have absolute confidence in Alan Shatter. The Government made a huge decision to establish an independent garda authority, and given his success in other areas, I think Alan Shatter is absolutely the man to bring those reforms about and make sure that they happen."

Mr Varadkar said that he held a formal meeting with his cabinet colleague during which consensus was reached on a number of road traffic incidents.

Meanwhile, the Dublin West TD said that he himself is struggling to digest the revelations surrounding the taping of phone calls at garda stations.

"The Cabinet and most ministers only became aware of most of these things in the last couple of days so I think we still need to try and absorb all this information. I've difficulty getting my head around it at the moment," he said at a Restaurant Association of Ireland conference in Dublin's Shelbourne Hotel.


Irish Independent

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