A Donegal TD says Justice Minister Alan Shatter has not done enough to clear up his use of personal information on a tv programme regarding Wexford TD Mick Wallace.
Minister Shatter has rejected claims he improperly used confidential Garda information to denigrate the reputation of Deputy Wallace.
Mr Shatter today stood over his decision to reveal Mr Wallace had been seen by gardaí using a mobile phone while driving. He said he learned of the incident during a briefing with members of the garda about penalty points. Mr Shatter made his comments during an interview with Deputy Wallace and presenter Pat Kenny on RTÉ television.
Mr Wallace said he recalled the incident taking place at Five Lamps in Dublin’s north inner city last year and that the gardaí involved had exercised discretion. He had previously denied having knowledge of it happening.
Donegal TD, Pádraig Mac Lochlainn. the Sinn Féin Justice Spokesperson, said Mr Shatter had done nothing to clear up public disquiet about his use of personal information.
“Minister Shatter’s remarks to the media today will have done nothing to clear up public concern about his use of personal information, obtained from Gardaí, regarding another TD. This debacle raises serious issues about the behaviour of the Minister for Justice, who has access to the most sensitive of information regarding citizens. He has clearly crossed the line in using his access to such information for political purposes.
“I am calling on Taoiseach Enda Kenny to make time available tomorrow for the minister to address the Dáil in relation to this issue and for opposition representatives to respond.
“In my own view, Minister Shatter needs to make a full public apology for using personal information, obtained as Minister for Justice, on live television in an effort to damage a political opponent.”
Deputy Wallace says he intends to report Minister Shatter to the Standards in Public Office Commission (SIPO).