Thursday 8 December 2016

Frances Fitzgerald is a safe pair of hands on tiller until storm clouds blow over at Justice

Published 09/05/2014 | 02:30

New Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald speaking to media at Government Buildings, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
New Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald speaking to media at Government Buildings, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Newly appointed Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform, Frances Fitzgerald and Taoiseach Enda Kenny pictured at Aras an Uachtarain

In the end, Enda Kenny did what most leaders do in times of crisis – he plumped for the person he knew best, and trusted most, to replace Alan Shatter.

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Frances Fitzgerald wouldn't have been many people's tip to take over in the Department of Justice (though there were a few around Leinster House who took advantage of odds of 7-2 to win a few euro).

But, admittedly with the benefit of hindsight, she was the obvious choice. The jury is certainly out though on whether she is the right one.

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