Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Justice Niall Collins has said Alan Shatter’s explanation for his inappropriate use of private and personal information on RTÉ’s Prime Time last week is totally unacceptable.
“Minister Shatter has completely missed the point in trying to excuse his behaviour today. Last week he abused his position as Minister for Justice. He must acknowledge that, apologise for it and resign his position.
“The roles of Ministers for Justice and Defence are extremely sensitive and involve receiving intelligence and information relating to gang crime, paramilitary activity and ongoing operations. Ministers holding these offices normally have the respect and dignity necessary to receive this information and not divulge sensitive, or in this case personal, information for political gain.
“Alan Shatter’s actions were a fundamental breach of trust. His explanation today raises more questions about how he came to have the information concerned and does nothing to deal with the public fears that personal and sensitive information is not safe in his hands.
“The Taoiseach’s response on this matter has been wholly inadequate and the Tánaiste’s silence on the matter is unacceptable. It is very worrying that the Labour Party is silent on such a fundamental issue.”