Wednesday 21 March 2018

What they said . . .

{ Minister Shatter is not liked by the judiciary, he is not liked by the legal profession, he is not liked by the gardai. He mightn't be liked by a lot of people. But I'll give you one thing, I'll give you one thing: he's got the courage to deal with the truth and to change it where it's necessary in the interests of our citizens and our country."

Taoiseach Enda Kenny

{ He's never been afraid to deal with what's been lying under a lot of carpets for many years."

Enda Kenny in reference to Justice Minister Alan Shatter

{ You essentially sacked him."

Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin to Enda Kenny on the Garda Commissioner

{ I reject your assertions. It's actually beneath you to come in here and say something like that."

Taoiseach Enda Kenny

{ Will the Taoiseach reflect on all of this, step outside of his office for a moment, look at how this is seen by ordinary citizens and do the right thing and ask the minister, Deputy Shatter, to go?"

Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams

{ She indicated that there was another matter of which I should be made aware, but she was not prepared to talk to me about the matter on the telephone."

Taoiseach Enda Kenny on his conversation with the Attorney General

{ To mishandle one case might be regarded as unfortunate, and to mishandle two may look like carelessness, but after mishandling six or seven serious scenarios, it's time for the minister to go."

Independent TD Clare Daly

{ This revelation came as quite a shock to the Government, but we did act quickly, almost immediately in establishing the Commission of Inquiry. This is not a government that sweeps things under the carpet and that era is over, and if I've anything to do with it, I'm going to make sure that's the case."

Transport Minister Leo Varadkar

{ Minister Shatter is a very honest man. He has told the Cabinet yesterday that he first became aware of this information, recent very startling information, on Monday evening and I believe him."

Environment Minister Phil Hogan

Irish Independent

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