A spokesman for Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said he rejected former minister Alan Shatter's comments that he had "a casual relationship" with the truth.

He also said Mr Kenny had told the Dáil after the publication of the O'Higgins Report that he was very pleased to acknowledge that it found that the former justice minister acted properly at all times in relation to the handling of allegations made by Sergeant Maurice McCabe.

The spokesman also said the Guerin Report has been removed from Government websites.

He went on to refer to Mr Shatter's May 2014 resignation letter which described the Taoiseach as "extraordinary" and doing an "extraordinary job" during a very difficult time for the country.

It comes after Shatter welcomed the judgment of the Court of Appeal yesterday and said the last three years were the most difficult of his life.

The court yesterday issued a declaration that conclusions in the Guerin Report that were critical of him were in breach of Constitutional justice.

It follows a finding by the court last year that Mr Shatter's Constitutional rights were breached by the report, which examined the handling of complaints by garda whistleblower Sgt McCabe.  

Mr Shatter said he believed he is entitled to an apology from the Taoiseach for the manner in which he was treated on behalf of the State.

He said the Fennelly Commission Report had established clearly that the Taoiseach, in the account he gave to it, had "a casual relationship" with the truth.

Speaking on RTÉ's Today with Sean O’Rourke, Mr Shatter said he was subject to false charges in the Guerin Report and the report should be withdrawn from both house of the Oireachtas and the Dáil record be corrected. 

"The unfortunate reality is that in some areas, the Taoiseach has a casual relationship with the truth", he said.

He said a reasonable solution would be to remove or redact the offending paragraphs that relate to him or a note should be attached to detail the outcome of yesterday's court proceedings which exonerated him.

Mr Shatter resigned on 7 May 2014 and said he had no choice but to resign and the Taoiseach had dealt with the matter wrongly. 

Mr Shatter agreed that "of course" he was sacked.

He said the "clear message" he took was to resign and his position subsequently was to become untenable once the Guerin report was published.

Mr Shatter said he was very disappointed by the lack of support he received from his parliamentary party while fighting a three-year legal battle.

Timeline of events leading to Shatter resignation

He also said that there was "never anything inappropriate" said to him by Garda Commissioner Nóirín O'Sullivan or former commissioner Martin Callinan in relation to Sgt McCabe.

He said he believes it would have been "a great assistance" if the O’Higgins Commission had been held in public.

Mr Shatter said when you know you are telling the truth and you are constantly accused of telling lies and being told you are part of "crazy conspiracies" it is difficult.

He said he was mocked and accused of being arrogant for defending himself and said he was the only member of the last Dáil constantly accused of being arrogant.

He added that he hopes the findings of the Court of Appeal will not be appealed to the Supreme Court so he can get on with his life.

Separately, it emerged today that Sgt McCabe and his family have lodged legal proceedings against the Health Service Executive and Tusla.