The bailout, Northern Ireland, the Queen’s visit, the Republic’s role in the world, and golf were among the topics discussed by president Barack Obama and Taoiseach Enda Kenny at Farmleigh house this morning.
Nine things you need to know before 9am including: Preparations underway for Obama visit; Garret FitzGerald to lie in repose in Dublin today; thousands protest in Spain; and the end of the world, or not.
A “renaissance man”, a “towering intellect” and “a shining model of citizenship”. Just some of the tributes pouring in for the seventh Taoiseach of Ireland Garret Fitzgerald, who passed away during the night.
INDEPENDENT TD MICK Wallace is to file a complaint about the Minister for Justice’s use of information on RTÉ’s Prime Time last week.
Alan Shatter said on live television that the Wexford deputy benefited from garda discretion when he was cautioned for using a mobile phone – but not given penalty points. Wallace insists he is not aware of such an incident.
Shatter has stood by his remarks and he has also been backed by the Taoiseach who said that “people can’t have it both ways”. “You cannot be saying no discretion and at the same time availing of discretion.”
Labour Deputy Kevin Humphreys told Newstalk Breakfast this morning that he thought making the remarks was “poor judgement” on the minister’s part. He called on Shatter to explain how he received the information. Others have claimed the information could have been made public in a different manner, and not on live television without giving Wallace prior warning.
In today’s poll, we ask: Should Alan Shatter have made his comments about Mick Wallace on Prime Time?
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