Friday 24 March 2017

Shatter saves his skin – but he's not out of the woods yet

Now that we are back in the dark days of GUBU it seems appropriate to bring up 'mature recollection' as practised by Justice Minister Alan Shatter. While Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan appears to have been left with little choice but to fall on his sword ahead of Tuesday's Cabinet meeting on the issue of the word "disgusting", the minister saved his skin for now by acknowledging to the Dail yesterday that he was "incorrect" in saying the garda whistleblowers "did not co-operate with the garda investigation that took place".

Mr Shatter's admission, probably the first to be extracted from him during his ministerial career, also managed to save the Government of which he is such a valued, if troublesome, member.

It satisfied his sternest critic, Transport Minister Leo Varadkar, who had described the whistleblowers as "distinguished", but more importantly it placated his ministerial colleagues in the Labour Party.

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