Sinn Féin Justice Spokesperson Pádraig Mac Lochlainn has described Minister Alan Shatter’s position as untenable and he has called on him to resign.
Deputy Mac Lochlainn said:
“It is very clear that Minister Shatter’s position is untenable and he should now resign.
“He has to go but this series of controversies is much more serious than the position of Alan Shatter. It is now about the confidence of the people in the administration of justice and policing in this state.
“The approach that the Minister has taken has seriously undermined that confidence.
“This Government must move to instigate a Commission of Investigation under the legislation into this whistle blower and Garda Confidential Recipient affair.
“The half-baked review under Judge Cooke of the GSOC bugging scandal is just not good enough to restore confidence.
“Why has Minister Shatter avoided utilising the Commission of Investigations Act 2004?
“Under this act, the person or persons appointed to conduct the investigation can compel all witnesses and documentation and make findings of fact without huge cost and in a timely fashion.
“This legislation is custom made for this moment.
“This should have been the Minister’s first port of call when looking to establish the mechanism for investigation. It is just outrageous that an inquiry has not been established under its provisions.
“The Minister’s handling of all of these matters has been beyond abysmal. He should go.”