Sunday 11 December 2016

Fine Gael hopes Kenny's reply will finally banish the ghost of Shatter

The O'Higgins report has emboldened the former Justice Minister's fight for record to be set straight

Published 15/05/2016 | 02:30

On a mission: Former Justice Minister Alan Shatter wants the Dail record corrected and for it to state that he acted “professionally, promptly, appropriately and truthfully” with regard to whistleblower Sgt Maurice McCabe’s allegations. Photo: Julien Behal
On a mission: Former Justice Minister Alan Shatter wants the Dail record corrected and for it to state that he acted “professionally, promptly, appropriately and truthfully” with regard to whistleblower Sgt Maurice McCabe’s allegations. Photo: Julien Behal

Is Alan Shatter Enda Kenny's Banquo - the ghost who appears at the feast unseen to everybody but Macbeth?

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It's probably a bit of a stretch to say the political apparition of the deposed Minister for Justice is haunting Kenny. But Shatter certainly is making life uncomfortable for him at a time when he should be basking in his return as Taoiseach.

Just as actors avoid saying the name Macbeth when in the theatre - for superstitious reasons, they call it "the Scottish play" - Fine Gael ministers don't like talking about Alan. They just wish he'd go away.

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