Was Shatter's case not in the public interest too?
ALAN Shatter was adamant all week he didn't regret dragging up the Mick Wallace driving while on the mobile phone allegation.
"No, I am going to tell the truth about issues in the public interest and I think it is important the general public are in a position to judge the credibility of individuals. There is no question of me using private information. This wasn't private information."
By that rationale, Mattie McGrath's assertions about Mr Shatter's own interactions at a Garda checkpoint in recent years was also in the public interest.