Government 'back to choreographing' Shatter resignation, says Martin

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has today hit out at the Government for holding back on releasing details behind the resignation of Alan Shatter.

The former Justice Minister stepped down yesterday after the Taoiseach received the Guerin report on the handling of Garda whistleblower allegations.

Enda Kenny has cited the need for legal advice before publishing the report in full - but Deputy Martin claims "media management" is to blame.

He claims that that they will be debating the appointment of Mr Shatter's replacement in the Dáil today "in a vacuum", because the full circumstances have not been released.

"We're back into trying to orchestrate and choreograph this," he said.

"The Taoiseach yesterday comes into he House and says that the Minister voluntarily resigns, he tells everybody that, yet within hours his people are briefing furiously that the Taoiseach is a strong man and he gave him three hours to resign.

"The Taoiseach could have, at the very least yesterday, published the conclusions of Mr Guerin's report."

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