Alan Shatter glad to be back 'doing real business' of being Minister for Justice.

Thursday 03 April 2014 21.49
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Minister Shatter said it was great to be addressing real issues that impact on the lives of people
Minister Shatter said it was great to be addressing real issues that impact on the lives of people
Martin Callinan (L) and Alan Shatter have not been called to appear before the Oireachtas justice committee
Martin Callinan (L) and Alan Shatter have not been called to appear before the Oireachtas justice committee
David Stanton said the committee felt it should await the terms of reference of the inquiry first
David Stanton said the committee felt it should await the terms of reference of the inquiry first

A day after surviving a vote of no confidence in the Dáil, Alan Shatter has said he is glad to be back doing the real business of being Minister for Justice.

He was speaking this evening at the launch of a free mediation information service for the public in Dublin.

The minister said it was great to be addressing real issues of substance that genuinely impact on the lives of people

He did not answer questions from reporters but they were allowed to film his speech at the launch.

Committee defends not calling in Callinan, Shatter

Earlier, the chairman of the Oireachtas Justice Committee defended its decision not to call on Minister Shatter or former garda commissioner Martin Callinan to appear before it.

Fine Gael TD David Stanton said that the committee feels it should wait until the terms of reference of the Commission of Investigation into the recordings of phone conversations at garda stations have been decided.

Speaking on RTÉ's Morning Ireland, he said the committee decided instead to write to Taoiseach Enda Kenny.

The committee suggested to the Government that the inquiry should take into account the details surrounding the tapes, the correspondence in the justice department and the circumstances surrounding the resignation of the garda commissioner.

Mr Stanton said that if the terms of reference did not include the resignation of the garda commissioner that the committee would certainly look at that.

Meanwhile, the Public Accounts Committee has discussed whether to investigate the tender process for the equipment used to record calls at garda stations.

Independent TD Shane Ross said it was important to examine if there was a misuse of public money, given that the contract was cancelled by the former garda commissioner.  

He also said the tender included a maintenance contract, and it was important to see if there was a waste of money and if the equipment was being used for purposes it should not have been used for.

Committee Chairman John McGuinness said the committee could request the tender documentation from the department and decide then whether to call witnesses.

He said there was nothing to stop the committee examining the tender documentation and this would not be cutting across the work of the statutory investigation.