Friday 24 March 2017

A whiff of previous scandals hung in the air. After all, GUBU spelled backwards is UBUG

Lise Hand

IT WAS almost surreal. Enda was solemnly revealing to the Dail that he had phoned the Attorney General Maire Whelan on Sunday, and she told him that she needed to speak to him. But she "was not prepared to talk to me on the phone at this time", he explained.

There was a moment's silence. Then incredulous laughter. How many more twists could this bizarre tale take?

Who knew what, when? This was the day's mantra. Shane Ross sure as heck wasn't any wiser than anyone else in Leinster House who was struggling to follow a fiendishly complicated plot involving bugged garda stations, the shock resignation of the Garda Commissioner, the panicked setting-up of a government inquiry, the controversial quashing of penalty points, wronged whistleblowers and a stray letter.

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