ICCL Reaction to Shatter Resignation

  • 07-05-2014
  • Categorized in: Justice

ICCL Statement, Wednesday 7 May 2014, 17.45

In a statement, the Irish Council for Civil Liberties has expressed its regret at the resignation this afternoon of Alan Shatter TD as Minister for Justice and Equality.

ICCL Director Mr Mark Kelly said:

“However critical and controversial the findings of the Guerin review may be, the ICCL very much regrets that it has become necessary for a Minister as distinguished as Alan Shatter to resign in these circumstances. The Council shares the Taoiseach’s view that Alan Shatter was an exceptionally hard working, radical and reforming minister. In particular, he brought to his position a genuine and deeply-knowledgeable understanding of the legal reforms needed to render Ireland a more equal society and was wholeheartedly committed to seeing the necessary legislation adopted. In this, and in many other areas where vital law reform projects remain incomplete, his talents and his undoubted mettle will be sorely missed”.

“The ICCL takes no pleasure whatsoever in recalling that, from the very outset of the current spate of Garda-related controversies, it has been calling for a full and comprehensive inquiry to be initiated under the terms of the Commissions of Investigation Act 2004. It trusts that, as is apparently recommended by Sean Guerin SC, this will now be done without any further delay”


The ICCL does not intend to make a further statement until it has seen the report of the Guerin Review, due to be published this Friday, 9 May 2014.

Walter Jayawardene
Communications Manager
Irish Council for Civil Liberties
Tel. + 353 1 799 4503
Mob: +353 87 9981574   
E-mail  walter.jayawardene@iccl.ie

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