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Video: Shatter says TDs playing 'silly political games' over penalty points

The Minister for Justice also spoke about why he is backing a law which could see mobile phone networks shut down during the G8 summit.

JUSTICE MINISTER ALAN Shatter has criticised TDs Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan and Mick Wallace for their reaction to the penalty points controversy, saying Flanagan had “made something of a circus” out of the issue.

Speaking outside Leinster House this afternoon, the Justice Minister also  said that Independent TD Mick Wallace was playing “silly political games” by calling the report into penalty points a “whitewash” before he had read it.

The Minister also spoke about a proposal which could see mobile phone networks shut down in certain areas during the G8 summit which takes place in Fermanagh in June.

He said that the new law would be necessary to compel phone companies to cooperate in the event of an unprecedented attack.

(Videos: Hugh O’Connell/YouTube)

- Additional reporting by Christine Bohan

Read: Shatter versus Ming: Justice Minister takes aim at ‘self-serving’ TD >

Read: Mobile phone networks could be shut off during G8 due to terror threats >

Read: Three ‘posible breaches’ identified in penalty points report >

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