Sunday 26 February 2017

Government circles wagons around the embattled AG

John Downing

John Downing

Both parties have strongly sang Máire Whelan's praises and Fine Gael sources have stressed the high regard the Taoiseach has for her
Both parties have strongly sang Máire Whelan's praises and Fine Gael sources have stressed the high regard the Taoiseach has for her

The Attorney General has traditionally been rarely seen or heard beyond Government Buildings and Leinster House, where they are always referred to by the initials 'AG'.

Like all rules of thumb, there are exceptions. In 1982 an unfortunate coincidence catapulted Charlie Haughey's AG, Patrick Connolly, into the headlines as the murderer Malcolm Macarthur was arrested in his home; while in 1992 Albert Reynolds's AG, Harry Whelehan, became embroiled in a series of political controversies.

The incumbent, Máire Whelan, now also finds herself in that exceptional AG category, as she has hit the headlines for a third time, and again faces political criticisms from the opposition parties. And in a curious coincidence, she is joined in the spotlight by another former AG who was often in the headlines, Michael McDowell, who put through the tribunal of inquiry of legislation, now under the spotlight, while he was Justice Minister back in 2004.

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