Shatter in court to appeal High Court Guerin report decision

Shatter in court to appeal High Court Guerin report decision

Former Minister for Justice Alan Shatter is appealing the High Court’s decision not to quash certain parts of the Guerin report.

The report was highly critical of his handling of allegations of Garda misconduct in the Cavan/Monaghan division.

He says the findings damaged him personally and left him with no choice but to resign in May 2014.

The Guerin report was commissioned to look into allegations made by whistleblower Sergeant Maurice McCabe.

It was published on May 6th 2014 and led to Alan Shatter stepping down as Minister for Justice the following day.

Shatter in court to appeal High Court Guerin report decision

It found he failed to properly investigate allegations of corruption and malpractice in the Cavan/Monaghan Garda division.

It also concluded that he appeared to accept what the Garda Commissioner communicated to him without question.

In light of what he describes as “highly critical findings” against him, Mr. Shatter said he felt he was left with no choice but to resign.

Last month, he was unsuccessful in his attempt to have certain parts of the report quashed.

He claimed he was denied his right to fair procedures by not being given the opportunity to tell his side of the story.

In rejecting his challenge, Mr. Justice Seamus Noonan said Mr. Sean Guerin’s investigation precluded his right to fair procedures in that it was effectively a senior counsel’s opinion.

He said it was also of a preliminary nature.

The report led to the establishment of the O’Higgins Commission of Inquiry which has since vindicated Mr. Shatter’s conduct.

In his appeal today, the former Fine Gael TD insists he had the right to be heard. His counsel said simple fairness demanded it and claimed his client suffered a serious injustice that affected him both personally and professionally.

The findings of the Guerin report are still widely available, and he wants the court to remove certain parts of it so that his reputation, both at home and abroad, is restored and to erase any confusion in the public mind and for generations to come.


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