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Friday, 24 May 2013

Fine Gael and Justice

Irish Justice Minister Alan Shatter has become immersed in a trough of controversy over the penalty points scandal.

It now seems that a host of political opponents are lining up to take a penalty kick at him. He is facing a welter of criticism after his disclosure of information about fellow TD Mick Wallace. Minister Shatter claimed Wallace 'had received a garda warning for using his mobile phone while driving'

Minister Shatter alleged that 'Wallace was cautioned for driving while using a mobile phone but did not receive any penalty points at the discretion of the gardaĆ­.'

Fine Gael's coalition partner in government, the Labour Party, is showing signs of disquiet with some members calling for Minister Shatter to be more forthcoming about his comments on Deputy Wallace. 

In addition to the pressure that is mounting in the Dail he is being sniped at from within his own balliwick. The General Secretary of the Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors, John Redmond, was critical of Minister Shatter for making privileged information public.

Fine Gael Ard Fheis at Mansion House, Dublin

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