Sunday 22 January 2017

In the interests of justice, Shatter must resign

Published 28/03/2014 | 02:30

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.

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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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