Shatter's loss a waste but he tied himself up in knots over treatment of two whistleblowers
The point of no return as a minister was finally passed by Alan Shatter yesterday – although many believed he had overshot it long ago, his feet pedalling vainly in mid-air like cartoon character Wile E Coyote chasing over a cliff.
It is impossible to defy gravity indefinitely. Nor is it possible to withstand a tidal wave of controversy, especially when it is mostly whipped up by the politician at the centre of it.
Throughout his career as Justice Minister, the deputy was a human wave-maker – from his reaction to the alleged bugging of the office of the GSOC (garda ombudsman), to his data protection breach. Yet somehow he always managed to drag himself out of choppy waters and dry off.