Gra Says No Involvement Of Rank And File In Taping, Ff Submits No-confidence Motion On Shatter

GRA SAYS NO INVOLVEMENT OF RANK AND FILE IN TAPING, FF SUBMITS NO-CONFIDENCE MOTION ON SHATTER

The body representing rank-and-file Gardaí has insisted that no member of the Garda rank was involved in recording telephone conversations.

The Garda Representative Association says the recent controversies have further undermined the morale of Gardaí working on the frontline.

In a statement, its president John Parker said the group was prepared for the outcome of the Commission of Inquiry set up into the recording.

He said the group’s understanding was that the systems were installed to ensure the clarity of what was said, and for accountability, but that it was not helpful to speculate any further.

Meanwhile, Fianna Fáil’s putting a motion of no-confidence in the Justice Minister next week.

The Dáil will spend three hours on Tuesday and Wednesday nights debating the issue.

Party leader Micheál Martin says the various controversies surrounding Minister Shatter in recent times means they now have to do this.

And he says despite the fact the government will defeat the motion, it still has to be done.

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