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The response that sneers and belittles

Why is Alan Shatter allowing an untrue statement by the Garda chief to stand?

Published 16/03/2014 | 02:30

Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan and Minister for Justice Alan Shatter. Picture: Steve Humphreys
Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan and Minister for Justice Alan Shatter. Picture: Steve Humphreys

WHY did the Garda Commissioner issue a statement saying something that isn't true? Why are we pretending that hasn't happened? Why, by his silence on the matter, does the Minister for Justice let lie a statement that he knows, or ought to know, is untrue? Why is the Taoiseach acting in the same way, by his silence on the matter protecting the right of the Garda Commissioner to issue an untrue statement?

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Richard Bruton is the only cabinet minister in town. Why did he in the Dail, in explicit terms, endorse the Garda Commissioner's statement when he knew, or should have known, that it was untrue?

It was immediately pointed out, by journalists and others, that the statement is untrue, but the political establishment seems reluctant to admit this and to accept the consequences. So, they stonewall. Sure, it doesn't really matter what the man said – big deal. Ignore it and it'll go away.

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