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Shatter denies in Dail 'betraying seal of office'

SCANDAL-hit Alan Shatter has denied he betrayed his seal of office – despite admitting that he was wrong to use confidential Garda information against Mick Wallace.

The Justice Minister was last night forced to strongly defend his record as TDs queued up to demand his resignation.

He is facing a humiliating vote of no confidence tonight over his failure to complete a breath test and his controversial decision to reveal that Mick Wallace benefited from garda discretion.

The Dublin South TD admitted he made a mistake by revealing on television that Independent TD Mick Wallace escaped penalty points after being caught driving while on a mobile phone.

"With hindsight, do I think it was a mistake to mention the incident regarding Deputy Wallace? I explained my reasoning but put simply, of course I do," Mr Shatter said in the Dail.



"Is it something for which I owe Deputy Wallace an apology? It is, and I have already apologised. Would I do it again? No."

He also strongly defended Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan, who has been dragged into the controversy over Mick Wallace.

The vote of no confidence was tabled by Fianna Fail just days after it emerged that the minister failed to complete a mandatory breath test in Dublin City a number of years ago.