Labour has too much at stake to just hang Shatter out to dry
'Do I have confidence in Mr Shatter? Yes, the Government has confidence in Mr Shatter." There was not a smidgen of wriggle room in Joan Burton's answer to Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin's challenge yesterday. She went out of her way to repeat the question and gave an uncharacteristically direct and concise answer.
Labour TDs and senators are impatient and unhappy with the embattled Justice Minister as he battles on at least three fronts.
But there are two very good reasons why it is in Labour's interest to stand solidly beside him right now.