Friday 28 April 2017

The FG response to whistleblower crisis has been disgraceful

Taoiseach Enda Kenny with Justice Minister Alan Shatter at Dublin Castle earlier this year. Photo: Steve Humphreys
Taoiseach Enda Kenny with Justice Minister Alan Shatter at Dublin Castle earlier this year. Photo: Steve Humphreys
Shane Coleman

Shane Coleman

AT least now Fine Gael should finally appreciate the seriousness of the Garda whistleblower controversy. It's long, long overdue. For months, Fine Gael – from the Taoiseach down – has been sleepwalking through the emerging crisis. They have finally been rudely awakened from their slumber thanks to Leo Varadkar's bold intervention.

The main government party's response to the whistleblowers' allegations, and to allegations about surveillance of the Garda Ombudsman's offices, has been disgraceful.

Alan Shatter's arrogant dismissal of genuine concerns set the tone. He was backed up by his party leader, whose handling of the issue has been extraordinarily weak. And there have been a succession of wholly ill-informed and sycophantic interventions from Fine Gael ministers and TDs in the media, Dail debates and committee hearings.

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