Taoiseach denies undisclosed meeting with Shatter before garda commissioner stepped down

Thursday 15 May 2014 19.00
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A spokesman for the Taoiseach described the reference to the meeting as a "clerical error"
A spokesman for the Taoiseach described the reference to the meeting as a "clerical error"
Mary Lou McDonald said she had obtained the Taoiseach's diary through an FOI request
Mary Lou McDonald said she had obtained the Taoiseach's diary through an FOI request

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has denied that he met former minister for justice Alan Shatter on the Sunday before former garda commissioner Martin Callinan stepped down.

His denial comes after Sinn Féin TD Mary Lou McDonald accused the Taoiseach of not disclosing a crucial meeting in the run-up to the controversial resignation of Mr Callinan.

During Leaders' Questions, Ms McDonald said she had obtained details of the Taoiseach's diary on the Sunday before Mr Callinan stepped down.

She said the diary, which she obtained through a Freedom of Information Request, showed that Mr Kenny had an early morning meeting with Mr Shatter, who was minister for justice at the time, and his officials which he had not referred to in his Dáil account.

She claimed it had been "edited out of his script".

However, speaking in Wicklow this morning, Mr Kenny said he had "certainly not" met Mr Shatter on that day and apologised for the error.

Earlier, a spokesman for the Taoiseach described the reference to the meeting as a "clerical error".

He said it referred to a meeting on the following day that was already on the public record and insisted the meeting cited by Ms McDonald never took place.