We need your help now

Support from readers like you keeps The Journal open.

You are visiting us because we have something you value. Independent, unbiased news that tells the truth. Advertising revenue goes some way to support our mission, but this year it has not been enough.

If you've seen value in our reporting, please contribute what you can, so we can continue to produce accurate and meaningful journalism. For everyone who needs it.

Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland
Shatter resigns

Alan Shatter has resigned as Justice, Equality and Defence Minister

The Taoiseach made the announcement to the Dáil this afternoon.

THE TAOISEACH HAS announced that Justice Minister Alan Shatter has resigned.

Reading a statement to the Dáil today, Enda Kenny said that Shatter had taken the decision on foot of the publication of the Guerin Report into Garda whistleblowers.

The Taoiseach said that Shatter had taken the decision “with a considerable amount of dignity” and that he had accepted his resignation with “great reluctance”.

The Taoiseach said that the 300-page Guerin Report, which was commissioned to investigate the reporting of confidential information by Garda whistleblower Maurice McCabe, had made Shatter feel that it was “his duty” to resign as Justice Minister.

The report concludes, Kenny said, that there was an inadequate response to Maurice McCabe’s submissions.

The Taoiseach said that he had not sought Shatter’s resignation.

Enda Kenny said that Shatter’s legislative achievements would “stand the test of time”.

Back in February: Why is Alan Shatter under pressure – and will he survive?

Your Voice
Readers Comments
    Submit a report
    Please help us understand how this comment violates our community guidelines.
    Thank you for the feedback
    Your feedback has been sent to our team for review.