What it says in the papers
The shock resignation of Justice Minister Alan Shatter leads all of this morning's national front pages.
‘Kenny dumps Shatter over explosive report’ reads the front page of today’s Irish Independent. The newspaper reads; ‘Taoiseach’s 6am consultation with Attorney General’ and ‘Damning findings forced minister to offer resignation’. The front page leads with a photograph of the former Justice Minister Shatter leaving Government building yesterday.
The Irish Examiner leads with, ‘After 6 reports, 2 resignations and 1 apology... Shatter finally quits’ with a large photo of Shatter surrounded by photos of those involved in the Minister’s spate of scandals in recent months.
The Irish Times opted to lead with ‘Shatter’s resignation severe blow to Government in run-up to elections’ on their front page. ‘New Minister expected to be appointed to Cabinet today’ the paper reads.
‘Enda left him no option but to step down’ reads the Irish Daily Mail. It reads; ‘Taoiseach and Attorney General have 6am briefing’, ‘Kenny discusses damning report with Shatter at 9am’, and ‘Taoiseach tells a shocked Dail of resignation at 4pm’.
The tabloids also lead with Shatter’s shock resignation, the Irish Sun reading, ‘Enda told Shatter: You’ve three hours to quit’.
The Irish Mirror leads with ‘Shat’s all folks’ while The Herald opts for one word; ‘Damning’. The paper leads with ‘Whistleblower report claims Shatter failed to perform his duty’, ‘Resignation leaves coalition in chaos’.
The Irish Daily Star reads, ‘Good riddance’ alongside their main story today – the life-saving operation of senator David Norris. ‘Norris has liver transplant’ the front page reads.