McGrath calls for publication of Garda report on Minister Shatter checkpoint incident

South Tipperary TD Mattie McGrath has called on Minister for Justice Alan Shatter to publish a Garda report into the checkpoint incident in which the Minister was asked to give a breathalyser test.

South Tipperary TD Mattie McGrath has called on Minister for Justice Alan Shatter to publish a Garda report into the checkpoint incident in which the Minister was asked to give a breathalyser test.

Mr McGrath said gardaí would have had no choice but to make a report because of the nature of the incident.

Mr Shatter was asked by Deputy McGrath in the Dáil yesterday (Thursday) about an incident he was involved in related to a breathalyser test in 2011.

In a statement yesterday, the Minister said the incident happened in 2009 or late 2008 at a mandatory checkpoint in Pembroke Street in Dublin. He said he was asked to exhale into a breathalyser and did so but failed to fully complete the task due to being asthmatic.

He said he explained this to the garda and also explained he was on his way home from the Dáil and had consumed no alcohol and was waved on.