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Wallace to take action in Shatter phone row

MICK Wallace is to lodge a complaint with the Standards In Public Office Commission over remarks made about him by Justice Minister Alan Shatter.

A blazing row has broken out after Alan Shatter claimed the Independent TD was caught using his mobile phone while driving last May. Mr Wallace (below) described the claim as "unsubstantiated" and said Mr Shatter's move to name him represents a serious abuse of his powers.

During a debate on RTE's Primetime on Thursday night, the Fine Gael minister said the officers involved used their "discretion" and issued the former developer with a formal warning.

But the decision by the minister to refer to the alleged incident on national television has infuriated Mr Wallace.

In a statement on his website, he said he is "unaware" of the incident and said "no fixed charge notice was issued or cancelled".

"I believe that this allegation represents a serious abuse of the minister's powers," he said.

Last night, however, Mr Shatter was standing by his comments, which he said are a "matter of public importance".