Wednesday 7 December 2016

Alan focuses on the big issue – himself

Published 20/06/2014 | 02:30

Alan Shatter
Alan Shatter

HIS outward demeanour may have been placid and his voice measured, but make no mistake – beneath Alan Shatter's dapper suit beat a heart swollen with anger and a monstrous sense of grievance.

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A somewhat lacklustre debate on the Cooke Report into allegations of the bugging of the Garda Ombudsman office was in half-swing in the Dail chamber, when just after 3pm, the former justice minister rose from his eyrie on the backbenches and plonked himself firmly back in his favourite old haunt, The Spotlight.

For Alan didn't really want to discuss the ins and outs of the Cooke Report. Instead, he wanted to hone in on a far more important topic – himself. Or, more accurately, he wished to ventilate his opinions on the parts in the earlier report by barrister Sean Guerin into the handling of garda whistleblower claims which pertained to his own role in the unfortunate chain of events.

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