Friday 24 February 2017

Shatter has shown courage but someone's out to get him

Liz O'Donnell

Liz O'Donnell

Alan Shatter
Alan Shatter

ONE glance at the Sunday papers was enough. Someone is out to get Alan Shatter. The spat over Mick Wallace's mobile phone use and the revelation about the Justice Minister's breathalyser test-waiver has run all week. But the controversy still has legs, with moves to table a no-confidence motion in the minister.

All of this is par for the course in Dail drama, but when the story veered off to embrace claims of buying fake watches, it moved from the far-fetched to the sinister. Could it be that forces in the State's justice and security apparatus are actively working to undermine the minister by leaking damaging facts about him?

Mr Shatter is not popular among deputies even in his own party, due to his superior air and a tendency to put the knife in when political opponents are already gravely wounded. His broadside against Mick Wallace in a live TV debate was instantly seen as a low blow and inappropriate use by a minister of official information for base political motives. It rebounded on him badly and he is paying a political price.

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