Mick Wallace launches civil action against ex-minister over RTÉ revelations

Independent TD Mick Wallace has launched a civil action against former minister for justice Alan Shatter for disclosing private information about him on RTÉ’s Prime Time.

Mick Wallace launches civil action against ex-minister over RTÉ revelations

The Wexford TD intends to sue Mr Shatter personally and the State for damages for revealing on television that he was stopped by gardaí and was cautioned for use of a mobile phone while driving.

Dublin law firm KOD Lyons, acting on behalf of Mr Wallace, have initiated proceedings and have now filed a plenary summons in the High Court on this matter.

It is understood the civil action will contend that during a televised debate on the penalty points issues in May 2013, Mr Shatter, then Minister for Justice and Equality, misused his office for political gain.

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Efforts to speak directly to Mr Wallace were unsuccessful. However, Gareth Noble, of KOD Lyons and the solicitor on record, confirmed that papers were lodged in the High Court central office in recent days.

“The civil case arises out of the then Minister for Justice’s disclosure on the Prime Time programme about personal information he received from the former Garda Commissioner in relation to Deputy Wallace,” he said.

“The disclosure arose out of political debate on policing and the penalty points issue,” Mr Wallace’s lawyer said.

The action, which is still at its earliest stage, is titled ‘Wallace V MJE & ORS’. Court records list the plaintiff as Michael Wallace and the defendants are: MJE, Ireland, the attorney general and Alan Shatter.

Following a complaint by Mick Wallace, the Data Protection Commissioner carried out an investigation and found that Mr Shatter, who resigned last May, had breached the Data Protection Act by revealing Mr Wallace’s personal information.

The controversial Wexford TD had complained that his personal information had been improperly disclosed by Mr Shatter when as Minister for Justice and Equality, he appeared on RTÉ’s Prime Time programme, for a debate on the penalty points controversy.

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