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Shatter has to 'justify' complaint

UNDER-FIRE Alan Shatter has been told he must justify his controversial disclosure that Mick Wallace benefited from garda discretion.

The Data Protection Commissioner, Billy Hawkes, has piled the pressure on the embattled Justice Minister and suggested he may have broken data protection rules.

Mr Shatter is facing growing calls for his resignation after revealing on national television that Mr Wallace escaped penalty points after being caught driving while using a mobile.


Mr Hawkes, who is investigating the disclosure, last night increased the pressure on the Fine Gael politician and said he must now justify his actions.

Mr Hawkes suggested that Mr Wallace may have a case against Mr Shatter.

"The key issue is that it's the personal data of Deputy Wallace. It was disclosed by Minister Shatter, so it's for Minister Shatter to justify the basis and the justification for disclosing data that came into his possession as Minister for Justice," Mr Hawkes told RTE.

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