Inside the Cabinet: Thin blue line that almost collapsed the Government
Garda bugging row strained relations and nearly resulted in Labour pulling out, Eamon Gilmore reveals in these extracts from his autobiography
A number of allegations made about the gardaí, including those made by Sergeant Maurice McCabe, all of which led to a series of investigations, and to questions for Justice Minister Alan Shatter and Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan.
Before long, there was a media and public storm over confidence in the gardaí, the Garda Commissioner and the Minister for Justice. Both the Taoiseach and I were repeatedly asked if we had confidence in the Minister and in the Commissioner.
I answered, as did other ministers, that it would be helpful if the Commissioner withdrew the offending remark, but he didn't - and the controversy continued.