Responding to the resignation of the Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence, Alan Shatter, Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Justice and Equality, Pádraig Mac Lochlainn has said that his resignation was “long overdue” and he stated that the lessons of the Minister’s tenure must be learned by the Government.
Deputy Mac Lochlainn said;
“Our party has twice voted no confidence in Minister Alan Shatter in Dáil votes in the last year and we believe that his resignation is long overdue.
“However Minister Shatter's resignation is only the start of what needs to be done. The crisis in public confidence in the administration of justice must be urgently addressed by this Government and by the incoming Minister.
“We need to see the implementation of a new independent policing authority accountable to an independent policing board, the Oireachtas and to local Joint Policing Committees.
“Further, the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission needs to be given more powers to effectively carry out their important work.
“And we need a new Minister that demonstrates humility and listens to the opinions and expertise of all stakeholders.”