[Alan Shatter and Mick Wallace on RTE 1’s Prime Time ]
The Data Protection Commissioner has found that the Minister for Justice Alan Shatter has broken the law by disclosing personal information about Mick Wallace on de telly
From the BS vaults [May 16, 2013]:
Alan Shatter: “As Deputy Wallace knows, even without…in issuing tickets, the Gardaí exercised discretion. Deputy Wallace himself was stopped with a mobile, on a mobile phone last May, by members of An Garda Síochána and he was advised by the guard who stopped him that a fixed ticket charge could issue and you would be, he could be given penalty points. But the garda apparently, as I’m advised…”
Pat Kenny: “Used his discretion.”
Shatter: “Used his discretion and warned him and told him not to do it again.”
Pat Kenny: “Mick? Mick? The guard used his discretion?”
Wallace: “I tell you what, first of all that’s news to me. Secondly, right, with regard to discretion…”
Kenny: “You don’t recall that incident?”
Wallace: “I don’t know. Listen with regard to discretion. It’s all very well to say they’re using discretions here and there but in actual fact, once the, the rule is once it goes on the system, they should go to court to deal with it. Now listen..”
Kenny: “By the way, are you not concerned that the minister should know about your private business dealing with the Gardaí?”
Wallace: “I’m not, I’m not remotely worried about what the minister knows.”
Previously: How Did He Know?
Tut tut. Despite Alan Shatter describing my story as “inaccurate”, it is indeed 100pc true. DPC final findings expected to say the same.
— Niamh Horan (@NiamhHoran) May 4, 2014
Fair play though in fairness.