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Taoiseach’s diary reveals meeting with Alan Shatter on morning before resignation of Garda Commissioner

15 May, 2014 - by Mary Lou McDonald TD

Sinn Féin Deputy Leader Mary Lou McDonald today revealed in the Dáil that the Taoiseach’s diary for Sunday May 23rd included a meeting with former Justice Minister Alan Shatter.

Deputy McDonald said this diary entry raises a number of questions surrounding the controversy of the taping of phone calls in garda stations and the fate of the former Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan.

Addressing the Tanáiste Eamon Gilmore in the Dáil today Deputy McDonald said;

“I have obtained, through a freedom of information request, the Taoiseach’s diary from the week in question. It does indeed refer to a meeting or conversation with the Attorney General on Sunday evening, 23 March, at 5.30 p.m. to be precise. However, it also contains a reference to an earlier meeting on that Sunday and it reflects that at 7.30 a.m. the Taoiseach met the Minister for Justice and Equality and his officials. The Taoiseach has made no reference whatsoever to that meeting in his public account of the events or in his account to the Dáil.

“A number of questions arise. Was the Tánaiste aware of the meeting? Did the Taoiseach inform him of it? Could he tell us which officials from the Department of Justice and Equality were present at the meeting? Was Brian Purcell there? Could he tell us what was discussed at the meeting? Was the taping of phone calls to and from Garda stations discussed? Was the fate of the Garda Commissioner discussed? Might that explain the marked reluctance of Brian Purcell to deal with the matter before the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Justice, Defence and Equality?”

Speaking after the exchange in the Dáil Deputy McDonald called on the Taoiseach to come into the Dáil next week to make a statement on the matter.


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