Friday 24 February 2017

Kenny's credibility on the line as damaged Shatter runs out of road

Shane Coleman

Shane Coleman

For how much longer can Enda Kenny stand by his embattled justice minister? Picture: Steve Humphreys
For how much longer can Enda Kenny stand by his embattled justice minister? Picture: Steve Humphreys
An angry protester on the corner of Molesworth St and Kildare St. who was shouting language aimed at Minister Alan Shatter being restrained by Gardai with the help of builders who were working nearby yesterday. Picture: Tom Burke
Alan Shatter

IT was Elizabeth Taylor who once said you find out who your real friends are when you're involved in a scandal. On that basis, Enda Kenny and Alan Shatter must be best buddies – for now, anyway.

The Taoiseach has gone to extraordinary lengths to protect his Justice Minister in recent days. But for how long can he continue to do so and at what cost to his Government?

Shatter's apology – presumably insisted upon by Kenny and Labour – meant he lived to fight another day. Without it, he was gone. But he remains hugely damaged. Even if nothing else of significance emerges, there are real doubts over whether Shatter can continue in the position beyond a cabinet reshuffle later this year.

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