Taoiseach Tammy continues to stand by his man – at least for now
THE outcome of the vote was never in question – having circled the wagons around Alan Shatter, the Coalition was never going to throw him to the opposition coyotes who had spent two evenings howling for his head. Yesterday evening, the Justice Minister sat and listened as bouquets and brickbats were hurled ion his direction.
Finance Minister Michael Noonan lashed into Fianna Fail, accusing them of "playing the man, not the ball" and that they had "organised a vicious assault on our star player".
Then Fianna Fail's Niall Collins gave as good as he got, even putting the boot into Fine Gael's decision to highlight Alan's unfortunate postal delivery that morning.