Monday 24 October 2016

Taoiseach hits back at Shatter claims

Former Justice Minister Alan Shatter
Former Justice Minister Alan Shatter

THE Taoiseach’s Office has hit back at claims from former Justice Minister Alan Shatter that it was “secretly engaging” with the independent investigation into his handling of garda whistleblower allegations.

Shatter’s legal team have demanded to see the contents of letters between Taoiseach Enda Kenny’s officials and barrister Sean Guerin, whose report on Shatter ultimately led to his resignation.

Gallagher Shatter Solicitors reportedly claimed not releasing the letters could publicly undermine the work of future inquiries.


Legal firm Arthur Cox – which represented the Garda Siochana Ombudsman Commission (GSOC)  – also raised concerns about the Guerin Investigation copying the Department of the Taoiseach in on correspondence.

A Government spokesman confirmed correspondence was received from Mr Guerin, but said he was “not requesting action of the department”. A senior Government source insisted the allegations of secret contact were “untrue and not credible”.

Meanwhile, Mr Shatter’s daughter Kelly has hit out her father’s critics.

“You’re protective. He’s your father. You don’t want people saying sh** about him,” she said. Ms Shatter – whose play Big Bobby, Little Bobby is opening tonight in Smock Alley Theatre in Dublin – described her father as a “very integral man”.

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