Wednesday 22 November 2017

Court delivers stinging slapdown to Shatter

Alan Shatter
Alan Shatter

Remy Farrell

The extent of the defeat suffered by former Justice Minister Alan Shatter in his failed High Court action to quash portions of the Guerin Report is both total and crushing.

Two years ago, following a prolonged and deeply damaging controversy over alleged Garda misconduct, the Government - of which Mr Shatter was then a member - commissioned Senior Counsel Seán Guerin to review the handling of allegations by garda whistleblower Sgt Maurice McCabe. The review was established to ascertain if the allegations warranted further inquiry.

They did, and are now part of a Commission of Investigation (the O'Higgins Commission). Mr Shatter instantly resigned from the Cabinet in May 2014 following receipt of the Guerin report and later launched judicial review proceedings to quash elements of it.

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