Alan Shatter singled out for being 'uncharacteristically inept'
Justice Minster Alan Shatter's handling of various garda controversies has been branded as "uncharacteristically inept," by the influential 'Economist' magazine.
The main cause of the Government's slump in support is Mr Shatter and his handling of the various garda and Justice controversies in recent months, it says.
"Fingers point especially at Mr Shatter, one of the Government's most talented members. His handling of a series of police scandals has been uncharacteristically inept," the article stated.
It concluded that revelations by two police whistleblowers had been the main problem.
They exposed serious wrongdoing by officers who cancelled thousands of fines imposed on well-connected speeding motorists, the article said.
The hard-hitting article referred to the government- established inquiry "which will examine the circumstances of Commissioner Martin Callinan's resignation."
"The police controversy is bad news for Mr Kenny," it said.
The article also reflects on the failure of Fianna Fail to capitalise on the Government's woes.
"Fianna Fail . . . which is only slowly recovering from its electoral meltdown in 2011, remains haunted by its term in office during the boom and bust cycle," the article said. "The main beneficiaries of the governing parties' woes seem to have been Sinn Fein and various independents."