Sunday 26 February 2017

The great legislator chooses to ignore spirit of this law

Fionnan Sheahan

Fionnan Sheahan

CEO and Founder of the Jack & Jill Children's Foundation Jonathan Irwin and his wife and co-founder Senator Mary-Ann O'Brien with former Minister for Justice Alan Shatter. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
CEO and Founder of the Jack & Jill Children's Foundation Jonathan Irwin and his wife and co-founder Senator Mary-Ann O'Brien with former Minister for Justice Alan Shatter. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
CEO and founder of the Jack & Jill Children's Foundation Jonathan Irwin with former Minister for Justice Alan Shatter. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Former Minister for Justice Alan Shatter at the announcement that the Former Minister for Justice. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
CEO and founder of the Jack & Jill Children's Foundation & his wife & Co-Founder, Senator Mary-Ann O'Brien with former Minister for Justice Alan Shatter. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Former Minister for Justice Alan Shatter. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

MERE mortals don't get to pick and choose where their taxes go to. But Alan Shatter has no compunction about deciding himself how their taxes are spent.

Mr Shatter was a member of the Government which passed legislation to abolish ministerial severance payments. This became law on April 12.

The genesis of the law was public revulsion at ministers walking away from office with substantial payments of up to two years' pay

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