[Minister for Justice Alan Shatter with Taoiseach Enda Kenny at the launch of the Child and Family Agency in Dublin Castle in January]
“I don’t know the scale of the actual contents of what are in all those tapes but we’re concerned about it. It’s a serious issue where in some cases, court cases have been dealt with, others reaching as far up as, Tribunals may have, may have implications for some of the findings there.“
Taoiseach Enda Kenny speaking at an event to mark Intel’s 25 years in Ireland
Taoiseach warns garda phone recordings could impact Tribunals (Newstalk)
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A new bill to reform the corruption and bribery laws, you say?
Mr Shatter said the response of the Government to reform, in the light of the self-examination sparked by the reports of the Moriarty and Mahon tribunals, would be “the mark of our integrity as ministers and parliamentarians”.
Speaking later to The Irish Times, the Minister declined to comment on the cases of individuals who had been the subject of adverse findings by the tribunals.
Pointing out that gardaí were currently awaiting directions from the DPP in relation to possible criminal proceedings arising from the Moriarty tribunal, he said he had been careful not to say anything that could prejudice any action that could arise.
Mr Shatter ruled out any changes in the law which would facilitate criminal action against those featuring in tribunal reports, saying laws could not be enacted to apply retrospectively to people.
Bill to fight corruption due shortly, says Shatter (Irish Times)