Later today the Dail will debate a Fianna Fail motion of no confidence in the Minister for Justice. The Justice Committee also meets this afternoon to decide whether or not to hear from relevant department of justice officials on the Garda tapes controversy. Will these political manoeuvres shed any more light on what has been another confusing week in the administration of justice in this country? Sean was joined by Fianna Fail TD John McGuinness and Dara Murphy TD of Fine Gael.
The Government may be somewhat relieved this morning that the weekend newspapers didn’t have any new startling revelations on the ongoing Garda controversy. But the week ahead could prove more tricky – Alan Shatter faces a no confidence vote in the Dail and the opposition is intent on asking more questions on who knew what and when in relation to the taped phone calls at some Garda stations around the country. Pat Leahy Political Editor of The Sunday Business Post spoke to Sean this morning.
Despite a resignation on Tuesday and numerous statements in the Dail yesterday, many questions remain about the controversies engulfing An Garda Siochana and the Minister for Justice. Will a large number of court cases be tainted because of secret recordings at Garda stations? What were the circumstances in which former Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan stepped down? And how can the government get itself out of this mess? The issue of the Commissioner's departure was discussed in the Dail yesterday, with the Taoiseach confirmed that a government official had visited Martin Callinan before he stepped down. Sean was joined by Tom ...
When minister Alan Shatter stood up in the Dail around this time yesterday he was clearly a man on a mission. He wanted to defend his handling of the garda whistleblower controversy and dampen down the ongoing political storm. But did the minister do enough? And, can the opposition keep up the pressure on the government as we wait for two inquiries to be completed. Sean spoke with Irish Times Political Correspondent, Stephen Collins.