It's not an easy job, but minister made it even more difficult
SO the party of law and order has lost its minister for law and order. With apologies to the great Oscar Wilde, we can conclude that it would be deemed unfortunate for a Fine Gael Taoiseach to lose a government minister. But to lose a Minister for Justice does smack of carelessness.
Alan Shatter's departure as Justice Minister is a body blow to Enda Kenny, below, and Fine Gael just two weeks from polling in already difficult mid-term elections. And it does not help Labour, who had also stood by the minister through months of rolling controversies, one whit either.
Just hours earlier, heavy-hitters in both coalition parties were lining up to defend Mr Shatter as he brushed aside the latest in a long series of controversies to bedevil him. Nobody was expecting the bombshell dropped by the Taoiseach shortly after 4.35 yesterday afternoon in the Dail chamber.