MacLochlainn calls on Shatter to clarify Wallace allegation
Sinn Féin's justice spokesperson, Pádraig Mac Lochlainn TD, said that the Minister for Justice, Alan Shatter must explain how he came by the information, which he revealed on television, about independent Wexford TD, Mick Wallace.
Deputy MacLochlainn said:
"It is very worrying that a Minister for Justice can go on Prime Time and use information which he says comes from An Garda Síochána, to score a political point against a Dáil colleague.
"The Minister must explain how he came by this information and clarify that it is not hearsay.
"Did he seek it out from gardaí in Mick Wallace's constituency? Did he hear it by chance during a social encounter? Was he given the information unsolicited by the garda who allegedly stopped Deputy Wallace for enfringement of a traffic law but did not press charges? Is it appropriate that the Minister for Justice should use information gleaned in the course of his work in this manner or if the information was not received through official channels, should it be repeated on prime time television to score a political point?
"I believe that it is not appropriate and that the minister must make a statement."