LET’S get Alan Shatter back his job. Let’s start a campaign here for a man who has been grievously wronged. Isn’t that the implication of the Cooke report into alleged bugging of the Garda Ombudsman’s office? Shatter was right all along. There was bugger-all bugging going on.
In the end, it was not the misleading remarks about garda whistleblowers on the floor of the Dáil; it was not the misuse of confidential information against a political opponent during a live television debate; and it was not the attempt to play down concerns that the Garda watchdog was being monitored.
The Government’s rush to demand explanations from the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission as to why it didn’t tell them of its concerns that its offices were bugged is another example of the Coalition’s attempts to deflect attention away from its own responsibilities.
The Garda watchdog has criticised members of the force for being “slow” and “less than optimal” in co-operating with an investigation which ultimately led to two gardaí being convicted for assault and another for attempting to pervert the course of justice.