Former Justice Minister Alan Shatter will return to the media spotlight this afternoon when he makes a statement on the plinth at Leinster House. It is expected that Mr. Shatter will announce whether or not he intends to accept the €70,000 severance payment to which he is entitled . Joining Sean in studio was Harry McGee, Political Correspondent of the Irish Times and on the line Michael Clifford columnist with the Irish Examiner.
The Taoiseach and the Governments coalition partners stood by the Minister for Justice, through thick and thin but yesterday afternoon Alan Shatter stepped down after months of relentless pressure. In the next hour Taoiseach Enda Kenny will name the Minister’s successor and we will keep you posted on this. Alan Shatter tendered his resignation after receiving a 300 page copy of a report by senior council Sean Guerin into serious allegations of Garda wrong doing by whistleblower Sergeant Maurice McCabe. Sean was joined by Fianna Fail leader, Micheal Martin
After days of Sinn Fein dominating the news headlines – yesterday the focus was back on the three other main political parties. Fianna Fail had a difficult day with Mary Hanafin defying party leader Micheal Martin to run in the local elections in Blackrock in Dublin. For the goverment parties two issues were to the fore - water charges and the Data Protection Commissioner’s ruling on Minister Alan Shatter With Sean in studio was Stephen Collins, political editor of the Irish Times.
There will be no protests at the Annual Conference of the Garda Representative Association in Killarney this morning because the Minister for Justice, Alan Shatter, simply hasn't been invited for the second consecutive year. Our reporter, Valerie Cox was in Killarney.
As the Garda Representatives Association prepares to host its annual conference, the subject of crime is back on the agenda. After Minister Shatter’s failure to attend the AGSI conference two weeks ago, he has not even been invited to the GRA conference... Fianna Fail TD Niall Collins and Fine Gael TD Charlie Flanagan joined Sean to discuss the issue.