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Garda whistleblower: Shatter had become a liability

John Wilson said that while he took no pleasure in Alan Shatter’s demise, he felt it was the right outcome.

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GARDA WHISTLEBLOWER JOHN Wilson says that while he takes no pleasure in Alan Shatter’s resignation, it had to happen.

Speaking to, Wilson said that the former Minister for Justice had “become a liability”.

Shatter had claimed last October that Wilson and his former colleague Maurice McCabe, who is still a serving member of the force, did not cooperate with the O’Mahoney inquiry into the penalty points controversy.

Shatter subsequently accepted that he was wrong, but the upcoming report by barrister Sean Guerin into handling of McCabe and Wilson’s

“While I don’t take the pleasure in the demise of any person, I believe that Alan Shatter had to resign.

Hopefully his departure ushers in a new era of transparency and accountability in Ireland.

Wilson said that he had not seen the Guerin Report, but that he felt that the allegations made against Maurice McCabe were “shocking”.

“Alan Shatter had become a liability to this government and his position had become untenable.”

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