Friday 2 December 2016

No solution to three years of controversy as department lurches from one emergency to the next

Published 03/06/2016 | 02:30

Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald
Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald

There's a belief that some good always comes out of a crisis - but what happens if the crisis won't end? For more than three years now the Department of Justice has been staggering from emergency to emergency, only calming the waters on one to be hit with the next.

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During his period as Minister for Justice and Defence, Alan Shatter appeared to revel in the controversy at times.

He took the hard decisions in relation to closing garda stations and fending off criticisms about cutbacks alongside every other minister in the era of austerity.

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