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Resignation of Minister for Justice Alan Shatter T.D.


Minister for Justice, Alan Shatter T.D. has tendered his resignation to An Taoiseach this afternoon in a letter furnished to him. His letter of resignation is attached below.

In the letter Deputy Shatter refers to the Guerin Report which is due to be published on Friday 9th May and shares some contents of that report and his reasons for resigning his position.

Deputy Shatter states: “The Report runs to over 300 pages and I have neither had the time to fully read or fully consider the full contents of the Report….I agree with Sean Guerin’s conclusion (his having examined the Garda files and accessed information not furnished to me) that it is appropriate that these matters be the subject of a statutory inquiry.”

He continues:

“I am anxious that any controversy that may arise on publication of the Report does not distract from the important work of Government or create any difficulties for the Fine Gael or Labour Parties in the period leading into the European and Local Government elections. It is my judgement that the only way this controversy can be avoided is by my offering you my resignation from Cabinet.”

Download a copy of the resignation letter at the link below.

Resignation Letter to Taoiseach 7May2014