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Flailing rivals lack hard evidence to punch Shatter into political wilderness

Gerard O'Regan

Published 01/03/2014 | 02:30

Minister for Justice Alan Shatter. Photo: Tony Gavin
Minister for Justice Alan Shatter. Photo: Tony Gavin

In boxing parlance Micheal Martin – with some help from muscular Mick Wallace – kept pummelling away. In the opposite corner was Alan Shatter, rolling with some of the blows, feinting subtly when in a tight corner, sometimes with that wry grin on his face.

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His has been a classic street fighter approach in recent days. Let them throw whatever they have in his direction. Once fatigue set in – he would then mount a vicious counterattack.

No better man for getting up close and personal. Despite the outward suave sophistication, Shatter has shown he can mix it politically when it comes to bare-knuckle stuff.

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