Friday 18 August 2017

Shatter ploughs a lonely furrow after being thrown to the wolves by Enda

Alan Shatter was forced to resign in May 2014 after a sustained campaign against him based on a variety of accusations that three reports, including the leaked but so far unpublished O’Higgins report, have found to be false. Photo: Frank Mc Grath / Irish Independent
Alan Shatter was forced to resign in May 2014 after a sustained campaign against him based on a variety of accusations that three reports, including the leaked but so far unpublished O’Higgins report, have found to be false. Photo: Frank Mc Grath / Irish Independent
David Quinn

David Quinn

Since Alan Shatter resigned as Justice Minister in May 2014 following the publication of the Guerin Report, he has been fighting a lonely battle to vindicate his reputation. That is both unfair and unjust. As subsequent reports have shown, he did not deserve the battering he received from almost all quarters in the weeks and months leading up to his resignation.

He stood accused of three main 'crimes'. The first is that when Gsoc conducted an investigation into whether or not they were under surveillance by members of An Garda Siochana, Shatter strongly sided with the latter and put the Garda Ombudsman under undue pressure.

The second is that he lied about when he received a letter from former Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan concerning the discovery of possibly illegal Garda taping of telephone calls in various Garda stations around the country.

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