Reform of Gardaí cannot happen under Shatter - Gerry Adams
Sinn Féin Leader Gerry Adams TD today raised the prospect of whether the Attorney General believed her phone was tapped.
Speaking at a launch of Sinn Féin candidates for the forthcoming Local Election Adams also pointed to the fact that the illegal taping of phone conversations to and from Garda stations had been from the Ian Bailey case, and that this potentially had serious ramifications for the entire justice system
Gerry Adams said:
"We now have an extraordinary and unprecedented situation whereby the Attorney General is not willing to discuss issues on the phone with the Taoiseach. She clearly felt that her phone may have been tapped.
"This issue emerged as a result of the Ian Bailey case.
"So, we are clearly facing the prospect of miscarriages of justice and other serious ramifications which can only undermine the justice system.
"The Government says that it wants to introduce far-reaching reform of the Gardai. However the work of building a modern, accountable and efficient police service cannot happen with the current Justice Minister at the helm.
“It cannot happen because Minister Shatter has been at the centre of this string of scandals that have recently enveloped the Gardai and the justice system.
"Public support is essential for any meaningful programme of reform in the Garda.
"That will not be case while the current Minister for Justice remains in place.
"The public has lost faith in this Minister for Justice. In the interests of real reform, Minister Shatter should step aside."