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Shatter raises concerns about GSOC leadership

Screen Shot 2014-06-19 at 17.25.56Extracts from an RTE News report published Thursday 19 June 2014 under the headline: “Former Minister for Justice Alan Shatter slams ‘fundamentally flawed’ Guerin Report”

Former Minister for Justice Alan Shatter (right) has accused Judge Sean Guerin of a “fundamentally flawed preliminary inquiry and report and an unprecedented rush to judgement”.

Mr Shatter was speaking during a Dáil debate on the Cooke report into allegations of bugging at the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission.

Earlier, he said that as minister he had dealt with bugging allegations at the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission in a straightforward and truthful manner.

Mr Shatter said it was disturbing that the GSOC commissioners were so “imprecise” in their account to an Oireachtas committee that they fuelled speculation that Mr Shatter’s first statement to the Dáil was inaccurate.

He said his remarks were based entirely on GSOC’s briefing to him.

Mr Shatter said he believed the conduct of GSOC’s commissioners and the narrative and conclusions of Judge John Cooke raised genuine concerns about GSOC’s capacity to undertake and comply with its statutory duties under its present leadership.

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