Tánaiste expects Shatter to 'do the honourable thing'

Alan Shatter is expected to make a statement this afternoon regarding his €70,000 severance payment.

The Government had moved to ban the lump-sum payments, but the legislation was not formally in place by the time of Deputy Shatter’s resignation last month.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has appealed to his former Minister to decline the payment.

This morning, Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore says he expects Alan Shatter will announce that he will turn the money down.

"Well I have always believed that Alan Shatter, with whom I worked in Cabinet and despite our differences, [is a] very honourable man, and I've always believed that he would do the honourable thing on this issue and I still believe that.

"I know he is to make a statement later in the day, but I'd be very surprised if he doesn't do the honourable thing in relation to the issue of the severance payment."

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