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Minister for Justice Alan Shatter. Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland
Penalty Points

Shatter to face questions in Dáil over Wallace row

The minister will make a statement this evening and will then open himself up to questions from the opposition.

JUSTICE MINISTER ALAN Shatter is due to face questions from the opposition benches this evening about his ongoing row with Independent TD Mick Wallace over penalty points.

Last Thursday, on RTÉ’s Prime Time, Shatter said he was told at a briefing that Wallace benefited from garda discretion after he was found driving while using his mobile phone.

The minister has since come up against harsh criticism from opposition TDs, including calls for him to step down. Though Wallace admitted that the incident did occur, he has lodged a formal complaint with the Data Protection Commissioner to investigate Shatter’s public disclosure of the information.

A spokesperson for the Department of Justice told that the minister will today make a statement in the Dáil at about 6pm on the issue of “fixed charge offences and garda discretion”. He will then open himself up to questions from the opposition benches.

You can watch proceedings live here.

Read: Wallace lodges complaint with data protection chief over Shatter remarks>
Read: Shatter: ‘If Wallace is guilty of anything, it’s hypocrisy’>

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