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Tuesday 6 December 2016

Shatter may win the battle but he has lost the war

The real problem at Justice was actually a failure of politics

Published 03/08/2014 | 02:30

ACTION: Alan Shatter claims he was treated unfairly as justice minister. Photo: Photocall Ireland
ACTION: Alan Shatter claims he was treated unfairly as justice minister. Photo: Photocall Ireland

If the Taoiseach had sacked Alan Shatter the morning after Shatter revealed on television confidential data from garda files about Mick Wallace, then the former Minister for Justice would not now be taking a High Court action.

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But the Government backed him, and continued to back him until long after his handling of the garda penalty points scandal made him a political liability.

After the scandal escalated, and after former Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan felt compelled to resign, the Government asked barrister Sean Guerin to investigate aspects of the Department of Justice's handling of whistleblower Sergeant Maurice McCabe.

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