Tuesday 17 January 2017

How speculation over celebrity favours mushroomed into a full-blown crisis for Coalition

Published 25/03/2014 | 02:30

Main: Taoiseach Enda Kenny in Brussels on Friday. Inset: Transport Minister Leo Varadkar (left) and Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan
Main: Taoiseach Enda Kenny in Brussels on Friday. Inset: Transport Minister Leo Varadkar (left) and Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan
Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan

WHEN the Irish Independent broke the garda penalty points story in November 2012, it was scarcely imaginable that the unfolding controversy could end up threatening the stability of the Government.

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Don't get me wrong, the headline – Garda 'let drivers off penalty points, including sports star' – caused quite a few ripples.

But it was nothing compared with the tsunami of recent months.

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