Alan Shatter has refused to publish a report by the prison-visiting committee of St Patrick’s Institute for Young Offenders because it failed to identify serious issues detected by the Inspector of Prisons.
The committee - all political appointees - clearly failed to their job properly, and identify the litany of abuse listed by Judge O'Reilly (all of which was accepted by Shatter). Was this because of idleness, incompetence or indifference? or some variation of Stockholm Syndrome where they came to identify with the prison staff?
Whatever the reason the public are entitled to see the unvarnished report and come to their own conclusion. But yet again, Shatter has reneged on FG's promise of more openness in government.