Tuesday 17 October 2017

Justice Minister's toxic arrogance was an albatross around necks of FG candidates

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has a ruthless streak
Taoiseach Enda Kenny has a ruthless streak
Ivan Yates

Ivan Yates

BEHIND that smile lies a cold, ruthless streak. Kenny becomes more Haughey-esque in leadership style with each passing month. He decided to dispatch Alan "we're lucky to have him" Shatter several weeks ago – probably around the weekend of receiving the Maurice McCabe dossier from Micheal Martin. The politics of the Guerin Report was never a basis of whitewashing whistleblower allegations. It was a scoping exercise as concealed precursor to a statutory commission of inquiry, with its resultant ramifications of resignations.

Shatter was doomed, living on borrowed time, due to serial gross misjudgment and mistreatment of whistleblowers. Guerin wasn't interested in Shatter's prospective. He completely ignored him throughout his review, declining to interview him, thereby circumventing any rearguard action by him or the department.

Shatter's alleged voluntary resignation was as believable as Martin Callinan's 'retirement'. Tell-tale signals were contained in Shatter's resignation letter. He couldn't just pay his respects and quit. He had to "record my concerns and reservations" with regard to the Guerin Report and its conclusions. Moreover, he expressed "surprise to learn that he received no information from GSOC".

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