Tuesday 17 October 2017

In the interests of justice, Shatter must resign

Retired Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan and Minister for Justice Alan Shatter
Retired Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan and Minister for Justice Alan Shatter

* Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan was the wrong man to resign this week; it should have been Justice Minister Alan Shatter.

Mr Callinan, as commissioner of An Garda Siochana, was a decent public servant who came down hard on dissident (self-described) republicans and organised criminals.

Mr Callinan, throughout the current controversy, stuck by a principle and was made a fall guy for Mr Shatter as a result.

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