The Taoiseach says he’s concerned about the fallout of the secret recordings in Garda stations – and it could have implications even for tribunals.
Enda Kenny says defence lawyers will be interested and already a case has been concerned – he says that’s why a Commission of Investigation has been established.
Mr Kenny told reporters at an event to mark Intel’s 25 years in Ireland that the fallout could be significant:
Following yesterday’s revelations of secret recording of phone calls in Garda stations, including Letterkenny, It has emerged that Minister Alan Shatter had his own concerns on bugging in Donegal when in opposition in 2001.
He raised the issue with the then minister for Justice Minister, Fianna Fail’s John O’Donoghue.
In 2001 Alan Shatter was raising his concerns in the Dail over alleged garda corruption in Donegal and the bugging of conversations between solicitors and clients.
He suggested there was a cover up accusing senior gardai of not confronting the seriousness of the issues which, he said had implications for the public credibility of the gardai.
Mr O’Donoghue rejected suggestions there was some kind of coverup – he described Alan Shatters comments as ill-tempered, outrageous and unfounded.
Mr Shatter described it as a scandal of enormous proportions accusing the then minister of doing nothing since taking office